New York Power Authority Reopens Lower Parking Lots And Makes Progress On Reopening Of Roadway

Connie Cullen

March 18, 2011


LEWISTON—In an effort to keep the public informed, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced a partial reopening of the South Access Hill Road at its Niagara Power Project which will allow access to the facility’s two lower parking lots—one used by the public and the other for NYPA employees.  One lane to both parking lots, which are located at the base of the Niagara project’s Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, will be open with provisions made for traffic to flow in both directions on an alternating basis.   

During the day, traffic will be controlled by flag-persons and traffic delays of 5 to 10 minutes will be common.  Before and after daytime working hours, approximately 8am to 5pm, a temporary traffic signal will direct cars so traffic can travel in both directions alternatively.  Vehicular traffic by the public and NYPA employees will be allowed but there will be no pedestrian traffic. 

The road was closed to all traffic as a safety precaution during engineering inspections and initial repairs to protective fencing adjacent to the road.  Now that the repairs are fully underway and appropriate safety provisions are in place, one lane was reopened to traffic today.  The fencing, as designed, was damaged as it contained several rocks which fell towards the road last week. 

As there will be continuing construction activity for several more days while repairs are completed, the temporary traffic pattern and prohibition on pedestrian traffic will remain in place until further public notice. 

While the lower public parking lot at the base of the road is open, the fishing pier at that location will not open until April 1.

The cooperation of the public is requested in obeying the temporary traffic pattern. NYPA’s major concern in undertaking this action is for the safety and protection of the public and NYPA employees.  Notification of the reopening of the entire road will be issued to the public.

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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