Nominee: Innovative Management – Medium Project
The $60 million Buffalo Outer Harbor Parkway project accomplished more than just the rebuilding of an aging highway. It reinvigorated the image of Buffalo’s waterfront historical significance.
“The Buffalo Outer Harbor Parkway project is helping to reclaim and revitalize the city’s waterfront,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald.
The New York State Department of Transportation completely rebuilt Outer Harbor Parkway (New York 5) from the U.S. Coast Guard Station to the Union Ship Canal in Buffalo, providing new access to the Lake Erie waterfront. All of the highway interchanges were redesigned to offer convenient access to waterfront businesses and attractions.
Fuhrmann Boulevard, a waterfront access road, was transformed from a neglected industrial road into a parkway, and now permits two-way traffic and on-street parking. The overall character and appeal of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor for recreational purposes has been greatly improved with an enhanced multiuse path for pedestrians and bikers.