Lower Parking Lots Closed at Niagara Power Project Until Further Notice
March 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELEWISTON—The two lower parking lots at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic until further notice.
One parking lot mostly serves anglers utilizing the NYPA fishing pier at the base of the Niagara project’s Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant. Since the pier is currently closed for the season, the lot receives infrequent use at this time of the year. The other lot is for NYPA employees who have been directed to park in the lot serving the Power Vista Visitors Center at the project.
Several rocks came loose Tuesday night on a slope adjacent to the access road leading to the two parking lots. The rocks were stopped from reaching the road by protective fencing designed for that purpose. An engineering evaluation of the area is underway. Temporary barriers and traffic signals have been installed to stop access to the road.
The cooperation of the public is requested in obeying the closure of the parking lots. 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 access road will be issued to the public.
■ 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.