Officials Celebrate Completion of Route 5 Rebuild Along Outer Harbor

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Officials celebrated the completion of the $60 million Outer Harbor Parkway project along Buffalo's waterfront Friday.

The project completely rebuilt State Route 5 from the U.S. Coast Guard Station to the Union Ship Canal, providing new access to the Lake Erie waterfront. All of the highway interchanges have been redesigned to provide more convenient access to waterfront businesses and attractions.

Fuhrmann Boulevard has been transformed into a parkway allowing two-way traffic and on-street parking that hosts a multi-use pathway that supports bicycling and walking.

“We are pleased to be a part of this transformational project which is a leap forward for economic development along the Outer Harbor,” said Acting NYSDOT Regional Director Darrell Kaminski. “Visitor’s to the new Outer Harbor will find an unprecedented transportation investment has been made. We encourage all Western New Yorkers and their guests to come take a look at the new enhancements on the waterfront for transportation and recreation.”

The project has also been recognized for its benefits towards environmental sustainability and for the use of special construction techniques that recycled existing materials on-site, saving energy and transportation costs.

Construction will continue on the Outer Harbor in 2011 with additional enhancement projects. Improvements will include construction of a new fishing pier near Tifft Street, a boardwalk for wildlife viewing at Times Beach and a new promenade at the Union Ship Canal.