Markers to be Installed on Power Lines Spanning Niagara River Gorge

Lou Paonessa
(716) 286-6661

November 17, 2009


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will install marker balls on overhead transmission lines spanning the lower Niagara River Gorge in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.  The marker balls are used to enhance the lines’ visibility to aircraft.

NYPA has contracted with Haverfield Aviation Inc., a leading provider of aerial power line inspection and maintenance services, to install the marker balls Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, if weather conditions permit.

During the actual installation of each marker, boat traffic underneath the power lines will be stopped for approximately five-minute intervals. 

For the duration of the work, Haverfield Aviation, Inc. will use the east end of the Power Vista parking lot as a helicopter landing zone.  The Power Vista, NYPA’s admission-free visitors center, and its free parking will remain available to guests as the work proceeds.

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. ■ More than 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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