NIAGARA FALLS – A newly constructed traffic circle at John Daly Boulevard and the Robert Moses Parkway opened Thursday, one day ahead of schedule, along with the eastbound lanes of the parkway heading out of downtown towards the Grand Island bridges.
The opening means the traffic detour onto Buffalo Avenue in place since November has been discontinued.
The traffic circle is part of the ongoing $18.8 million “riverway” project, a main component of which is replacing a 1-mile stretch of the parkway with a park road into Niagara Falls State Park.
Officials planned to complete this portion of the project by Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the main tourist season and brings with it a spike in vehicular traffic to downtown.
The City of Niagara Falls will station a police officer at Daly and Buffalo Avenue throughout the weekend to help alleviate any traffic backups that may occur, Mayor Paul A. Dyster said.