Rerouting of Parkway Traffic
Near the Niagara Power Project to Extend Through Winter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—A traffic detour merging four lanes into two
on a section of the Robert Moses Parkway that passes over the New York
Power Authority’s (NYPA) Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant will remain in
effect this winter.
The rerouting of vehicles has been necessary for the
refurbishing by NYPA of the concrete exterior of the Moses Power Plant. The
parkway is being used as a staging area for the multimillion dollar
rehabilitation project, which began in April 2004.
Although the work will be suspended through March, the
continued diverting of traffic will facilitate the Power Authority’s quick
resumption of the repairs once the construction season resumes. Southbound
traffic for the affected area is being diverted to the westernmost lane of
the northbound parkway, occurring near the Center Street entrance/exit
NYPA consulted with the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the New York State
Department of Transportation (DOT) on the detour, which includes traffic
barriers, a flashing arrow board and message signs. OPRHP owns and operates
the parkway while DOT maintains it.
Minor modifications of the detour were made based on
recommendations of the two agencies.
The concrete exterior work for the Moses Plant is scheduled
to be completed by late 2007. The plant is the main generating facility of
the Niagara project, which produced its first power in 1961