- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A multi-million-dollar project that will reconfigure a stretch of highway along the rim of the Niagara Gorge gets underway this week.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will join local officials Wednesday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Robert Moses Parkway reconfiguration project in the city of Niagara Falls.

The project will change a 1-mile stretch of the parkway’s southern section along the upper Niagara River.

The 50-year-old, four-lane parkway will be replaced with a low-speed, two-lane thoroughfare that will be set back hundreds of yards from the gorge’s rim to allow construction of a hiking trail and other access improvements.

The project will also remove an elevated embankment to open views of the gorge and the rapids.

The parkway project is part of the ongoing effort to revitalize the Niagara Falls area.

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