Major Investment Coming to Ohio Street Lift Bridge

Higgins and Kennedy announce $10.6 million in new funding

Brendan Keany
August 30, 2019 - 12:22 pm

Brendan Keany

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - Congressman Brian Higgins and State Senator Tim Kennedy held a joint press conference in the Old First Ward on Friday morning to announce a major investment into the Ohio Street Lift Bridge.

The most recent allocation comes via the Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Freight program as well as matching funds from New York State, which is added to the $5.23 million that was already available from federal and state transportation funds - bringing the exact amount of funding to $15.855 million.

"Every time there is a public investment of infrastructure dollars, private sector investment follows, and in many cases, three to four to five times that," said Higgins. "That's not coincidental, that's a correlation; there's a cause and effect relationship."

Kennedy added to Higgins' points, saying that the transformation that Buffalo has witnessed, specifically in the Old First Ward, has been inspiring to watch.

"Investing in Buffalo's waterfront and infrastructure while also preserving our city's past is key to embracing a new Buffalo," said Kennedy. "By funding this renovation of the Ohio Street Lift Bridge, we're building a stronger foundation for economic opportunity, residential accessibility and recreational growth, which is already generating new energy along this important corridor."

Higgins expects construction to begin in 2021.

Listen to the full press conference below:

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