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Albright-BECHS: Downgrading the Scajaquada Expressway

I think the intersection between the Historical Society and Knox should be the first order of business – Tim (BRO reader)

After posting on the Delaware s-curves yesterday, a BRO reader pointed out that another crucial intersection should be closely examined, and that, of course, is the land surrounding the Albright-Knox and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (BECHS). You will see that a couple of the significant changes come in the form of 1) removing vehicular traffic from the Lincoln Parkway bridge that intersects Mirror Lake and Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake) and 2) transitioning Iroquois Drive from a one-way exit ramp to a two-way on/off route with stop light. 
By designating the bridge solely for pedestrian traffic, Olmsted Park land is freed up allowing park-goers to take further advantage of the original West Bluff Concourse where the statue of David is situated. That land also leads to the 911-commemorated curly cue pedestrian overpass. The exit ramp onto Elmwood also disappears and a rain garden feature is being considered. Maps were shown at a recent stakeholders’ meeting. 
You will see below that the plan considers two additional small water features (storm water rain gardens) and that nearby there is a little offshoot with a few parking spaces (click to enlarge w/ detail below). That designation would be for a kayak/canoe launch.
Also notice the walkway that would mirror the existing bike trail on the opposite side of the creek.
Not that it has been talked about it (as far as I know), but it would be awesome to see the missing lions on the Lincoln Parkway bridge restored…
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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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