The Inner Loop Expressway surrounded the Central Business District in the City of Rochester, cutting off the downtown area from the adjacent thriving neighborhoods. The expressway was inefficient and underutilized, and resulted in a suppressed downtown redevelopment, and discouraged many people from walking or bicycling to and from the city.
Highway removal and parkway reconstruction is currently in progress. The old 8 and 12 lanes of expressway will be converted into a single two-lane street with parking, separated bicycle tracks, and sidewalks. Anticipated benefits include sustainable economic growth by creating a more livable downtown; greater community interaction by allowing people to walk and bicycle between neighborhoods and downtown; increased traffic safety, and reduction of highway maintenance costs. The new parkway will also promote both commercial and residential development, raise local tax revenues, create jobs, and generate private investment. The project is expected to be complete in December 2017.