Rerouting of Parkway Traffic Near
the Niagara Power Project to be Extended
December 1, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
■ NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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