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Rerouting of Parkway Traffic Near the Niagara Power Project to be Extended

Connie Cullen

December 1, 2006


LEWISTON—A traffic detour merging four lanes into two on a section of the Robert Moses Parkway that passes over the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant will remain in effect. 

The rerouting of vehicles has been necessary for the refurbishing by NYPA of the concrete exterior of the Moses Power Plant. The parkway is being used as a staging area for the multimillion dollar rehabilitation project and for related remediation work scheduled for 2007 and 2008.  

Although the work will be suspended through spring, the continued diversion of traffic will facilitate the Power Authority’s quick resumption of the remediation work once the construction season resumes. Southbound traffic for the affected area is being diverted to the westernmost lane of the northbound parkway, occurring near the Center Street entrance/exit ramps.  

NYPA consulted with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) on the detour, which includes traffic barriers, a flashing arrow board and message signs. OPRHP owns and operates the parkway while DOT maintains it. 

Minor modifications of the detour were made based on recommendations of the two agencies. 

The work for the Moses Power Plant is scheduled to be completed by January 2009.  The plant is the main generating facility of the Niagara Power Project, which produced its first power in 1961.

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