Niagara Falls State Park Riverway -Robert Moses Parkway South Segment
Watts is providing environmental and engineering services for all phases of the project to remove the Robert Moses Parkway from the eastern portion of the historic Niagara Falls State Park and create a new landscape that includes the new Riverway park drive.
Project Scoping developed alternatives that would reclaim parkland along the Niagara River from automobile-use only and restore pedestrian-scale recreation and cultural functions, as well as wildlife habitat. The Design Report/Environmental Impact Statement (DR/EIS) evaluated the feasible alternatives for a new transportation and landscaping plan based on principles used in the original Frederick Law Olmsted-Calvert Vaux design. Watts conducted impact assessments of: aquatic ecology; terrestrial habitats; surface water; groundwater; environmental contamination; air, noise, and energy considerations; and construction activities.
Following FHWA design approval, Watts provided engineering and environmental services for Final Design and Construction Documents. Watts was responsible for the following plans and cost estimating: interchange/bridge demolition; utilities; lighting of the new Park entrance, drive, and pathways; stormwater management facilities; a large pumping system for a new fishing pond; and a complex work zone traffic control plan. Environmental services continued with: a Phase II subsurface sampling investigation; consultation with NYSDEC regarding reporting and characterizing contamination; and groundwater monitoring and surface water sampling for design of the fishing pond.
Watts’ role continues with construction support services, including management of work zone traffic control complicated by other construction projects, year-round Park operation, and minimizing impacts during the critical summer tourist season.