NYPA Selects Massena Firm to Complete Improvements to Local Recreational Facilities at St. Lawrence-FDR Project

Michael Saltzman

April 26, 2005


NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees Tuesday authorized the beginning of the final phase of improvements to local recreational facilities provided for in the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Project.

The NYPA board approved the award of a $1.9 million contract to Perras Excavating, Inc., a Massena company, for enhancements at several public recreational sites on project lands in Massena, Waddington and Louisville. The work is scheduled to begin this year and be completed by the end of 2007.

“We’re looking forward to the next phase of the recreational work as we continue the enhancements provided for in St. Lawrence-FDR’s relicensing,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. “These measures contribute to the life-style of the area, and we’re delighted to be making a difference.”

The first phase of the recreational improvements, in Massena, Waddington and Lisbon, is expected to be completed by summer.

The improvements under the final phase include the following:

Town of Massena

  • The Massena Intake Boat Launch: Restoration work that includes reconstruction of the boat launch, and enhanced access for the handicapped in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Additional parking and improved lighting will also be provided.

  • Richards Landing Dike Trail: Repair path between intake and Massena Country Club.

Town of Waddington

  • Island View Park: Replacement of structural beams and decking of existing dock, and addition of two new finger docks.

Town of Louisville

  • Whalen Park: Pave drives, walkways and parking lots; reconstruction of fishing pier; construction of trail to Massena Country Club; and building of trail, picnic area and floating dock on Sand Island.

  • Massena Country Club: Golf course drainage improvements and installation of floating dock.

  • Car-Top Launch on Coles Creek: Provide facilities for small boats (canoes and kayaks) and develop gravel parking area.

  • Sandy Beach on Coles Creek: Provide gravel parking area and picnic tables.

The selection of Perras Excavating resulted from competitive review of bids in response to a request for proposals (RFP). The company was the low bidder of the submittals meeting the RFP requirements.

In October 2003, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the St. Lawrence-FDR Project a new 50-year license.

The 900,000-kw project is a cornerstone of Northern New York’s economy, with more than half its generating output supporting local industries.