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Niagara Falls: Robert Moses Parkway

Project type:

Parks planning, community development


Planning, roadway design, bicycle/pedestrian/parks

Construction cost:

$10-15 million

Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest State Park in the United States. The NY Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation retained Mott MacDonald to develop alternatives and design an upgraded Robert Moses Parkway that meets modern transportation needs while respecting the original design.

As prime consultant on the project, Mott MacDonald led a multidisciplinary team that considered environmental factors, connectivity, economic development and tourism, and designs that incorporate multimodal transportation including bicycle, pedestrian, passenger vehicle, trolley, and bus traffic.

Project highlights:

  • We provided scoping, preliminary design, document preparation, and construction oversight
  • We worked with all project partners including the NYS Office of Park and State Historic Preservation Office, the City of Niagara Falls, USA Niagara Economic Development Corporation, and the public to make sure that all needs and requirements were met
  • We considered a wide range of alternatives and two build alternatives were advanced for preliminary design

By virtue of its setting in Niagara Falls State Park, a National Register listed site, Mott MacDonald made sustainability a key element of its design for the new roadway.

Sustainability highlights:

  • Protecting open lands, water, and habitats
  • Reducing impervious surfaces and improving stormwater quality while reducing runoff
  • Reducing heat island effects
  • Restoring historical design features
  • Reducing light pollution while enhancing night viewing
  • Minimizing ecological disturbances through limiting the construction footprint
  • Apply for the New York State Department of Transportation’s GreenLITES Sustainability in Design Program

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