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Rerouting of Parkway Traffic Near the Niagara Power Project to Extend Through Winter

Michael Saltzman

December 16, 2005


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 ramps.

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.