|Niagara Fishing Pier to be Closed Weekdays Beginning Monday, Sept. 30 for Safety During Roadway Improvements|
|September 26, 2013|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
LEWISTON – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that the public fishing pier at the base of its Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant will be closed weekdays beginning Monday, Sept. 30 through the remainder of the fall fishing season due to the major roadwork renovations underway along South Access Road. Safety concerns during roadway work activities require that the admission-free fishing pier be closed to the public on weekdays. On the weekends, access to the fishing pier will be available, as usual, from dawn to dusk. “The road work is being undertaken to provide safe access for fishermen to navigate the area on the way to the pier,” said Lou Paonessa, NYPA director of community relations. “The narrow lanes of traffic, large trucks coming down the access hill and lack of adequate parking and turn around space at the bottom of the hill simply make the approach too dangerous for public access while work is in progress.” When completed late next year, the renovations that began on Sept. 9 will provide a redesigned, paved and safer access road for vehicles and pedestrians. A riverside, pedestrian walkway will be constructed along the road from the upper to the lower parking lots, with a guide rail separating vehicles from pedestrians. As a result of the extensive construction, about half of the parking spaces in the lower lot will be unavailable. Additional parking will be available in the upper lot at the top of the hill from the pier. Hikers proceeding along the shoreline from Devil’s Hole will not have access to the stairway between the lower lot and the water’s edge because the south end of the lot will be blocked off in the interest of safety. The fall fishing season ends at first snow or ice, or on November 1, depending on which happens first. About NYPA: The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.
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