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Roadway Expansion-Joint Replacement Set For April On Route 104/Lewiston Road

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Lou Paonessa
(716) 286-6661
Louis.Paonessa@nypa.gov

March 22, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON —The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that the second phase of a three-phase roadway expansion-joint replacement project is scheduled to begin on April 16.  The first phase of the million-dollar, multiyear project was completed in November 2011, with work done on the southbound section of the Robert Moses Parkway. Phase two, which involves Lewiston Road, Route 104 as it crosses the Robert Moses Dam at the Niagara Power Project, is expected to be completed sometime in November 2012.

The Niagara project’s roadway expansion-joint replacement initiative is the result of NYPA’s 2008 biennial bridge inspection of three state bridges: The Robert Moses Parkway—northbound and southbound lanes and Route 104/ Lewiston Road. A detailed analysis of the structures revealed that 33 of the bridges’ 78 expansion joints were experiencing excessive leakage. This condition permitted salt-laden water from deicing road salt to seep through the joints onto the reinforced load-bearing bridge piers below causing the concrete to deteriorate. The inspection recommended the replacement of all expansion joints within the next four to six years to circumvent further deterioration to supporting substructures.

Replacement of the roadway expansion joints is being undertaken by Edbauer Construction, a West Seneca company whose contract was approved by the NYPA trustees in June of 2011. Roadway improvements are being welcomed by the faculty at Niagara University.

“We are pleased that NYPA continues to work on the roadway expansion and maintenance project,” said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara University. “A good number of people from our campus community travel these roads and it is important to maintain the safety for them, and all people traveling along this route.”

The joint replacement on Route 104/Lewiston Road will entail the shutdown of two traffic lanes, one in either direction.  Traffic control devices are slated to be installed beginning the week of April 9-13. While lane closures are expected to have minimal impact on traffic flow, the Robert Moses Parkway—northbound—and Interstate -190, offer drivers a good alternate route for travel to and from the Falls, and to ArtPark’s popular Tuesdays in the Park Music Series.

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 is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it 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, www.nypa.gov.

 

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