New York Power Authority Completes Fence Repairs And Reopens Roadway To All Traffic
April 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced the complete reopening of the South Access Hill Road at its Niagara Power Project following repairs to a protective fence, which operated as designed and captured rocks that fell near but not on the road.
Traffic patterns have returned to normal for access to the facility’s two lower parking lots—one used by the public and the other for NYPA employees. The lots are located at the base of the Niagara project’s Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and are now open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The road operated under restricted traffic patterns as a safety precaution during engineering inspections and repairs. Now that the repairs are complete, the road was fully reopened to traffic today.
Periodic rock falls are fairly common along the entire Niagara Gorge especially during the late winter/spring. As part of the construction of the Niagara project in the late 1950s/early 1960s, the access road to the plant was created by blasting into the face of the gorge. Due to freezing and thawing, blocks of rock work loose from the gorge. Protective fencing is installed along the road to protect project employees and the public from rock falls from the gorge.
The repairs were completed in time for today’s opening of the public fishing pier near the public parking lot.
NYPA is grateful for the cooperation of the public during this time of changing traffic patterns.
■ 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.