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Power Authority Improving Access to Niagara Fishing Pier

Contact:
Lou Paonessa
716 286 6661
Lou.Paonessa@nypa.gov

May 13, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON—The popular fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant—the main generating facility at the Niagara Power Project—will remain open during a construction project to improve access to the pier.  

As part of its relicensing settlement, NYPA agreed to expand the parking area at the base of the power plant.  Currently, only handicapped parking is available at the plant’s base by the river’s edge.  All other parking is at the top of the gorge with access to the fishing pier by staircase. 

Beginning Monday, May 18, contractors will start expanding the parking and turnaround area at the lower level.  Work is expected to continue into the first week in July.  When completed, the lower-level area will include four handicapped-accessible parking spaces and parking for up to 10 additional vehicles. 

Access to the fishing pier will remain available during the work, but the lower-level, handicapped-accessible parking lot will be closed. The parking lot at the top of the gorge will remain open.  The Power Authority regrets the temporary inconvenience to achieve the long-term benefit of expanding the lower parking area.

 The pier, open daily from dawn to dusk, is admission-free.

 

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.   For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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