Ohio Street and Inner Harbor Infrastructure Improvement Project
Another crucial waterfront project is underway. The construction of Ohio Street has begun – a project that will ultimately create a tree-lined parkway between the Inner and Outer Harbors. At the same time, the project will also help to stabilize a destination that has been created between the two harbors, where a series of parks and waterfront amenities have been created. RiverFest Park, along with Father Conway Park, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Freight House Landing, and other projects will now have aesthetically pleasing and productive connectivity that will help to further public and private investment along the Buffalo River.
The roadway may be a relatively short path between two critical destinations, but the resulting impact will help to change the face of a significant 1.4 mile stretch between Michigan Avenue and Fuhrmann Boulevard. “Buffalo is on the move and today’s announcement is another great example of the continued progress and redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Mayor Brown. “I am proud of the progress we continue to make along our waterfront. Transforming Ohio Street into a pedestrian-friendly parkway will further strengthen the infrastructure and provide an essential link between Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors.”
The $11.3 million plan will also benefit sites such as Silo City and Mutual Riverfront Park, both of which are already unique waterfront destinations. “This is just the start of another great season of progress,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “The conversion of Ohio Street into a riverfront parkway is a critical link in the chain connecting the business community and local neighborhoods to the many points of transformation along our waterfront stretching from Canalside to the Outer Harbor. Like the reconstruction of Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway, this will be a high-impact project turning a crumbling roadway into a destination with many great public features.”