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Harbor Bridge Choices: Two Down, One to Go

A previous BR story and subsequent poll* gave BR
readers the opportunity to vote on one of four possible scenarios of
mixed-transportation bridges that would connect the inner and outer harbor. 
As a result of further plans and studies on the part of the Erie Canal Harbor
Development Corporation, that choice is down to two.

The Michigan
and Ganson Street bridges have been tossed, leaving the Erie and Main Street
choices, a subject that will be put to further public review in a 5:30PM
meeting this Wednesday at the Waterfront School, 95 Fourth Street
.  Erie
and Main are seen as more favorable because they would form a link to the
business district. 

According to
ECHDC Senior Project Manager Steven Ranali, the Main Street project would cost
around $87 million, and necessitate two bridges (Main to Kelly Island, Kelly
Island to the Ship Canal), while the Erie Street bridge would cost $63 million,
and could include reinstating Erie Street, a plan long favored by
preservationists. An Erie Street tunnel was looked into, but rejected due to
cost.

In the
meanwhile,
plans and a bigger file of the top image can be viewed online, as well as at the Buffalo &Erie
County Public Library. 

*Final Poll results:

Main: 309

Erie Street:
167

Michigan: 88

Ganson: 16

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