3 area companies awarded NYPA infrastructure pacts

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM EDT

By Business First

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3 area companies awarded NYPA infrastructure pacts

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM EDT

The New York Power Authority awarded contracts to three Western New York businesses for work around the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant.

NYPA said the upgrades totaling nearly $6 million will involve environmental improvement, transmission maintenance and sidewalk replacement.

The local companies that were approved by NYPA trustees on May 21 are L.D.C. Construction Company of Grand Island, for the Frog Island Wetland Restoration Habitat Improvement Project (WRHIP) on the upper Niagara River; Gomez & Sullivan Engineers P.C. of Williamsville, for compiling data on vegetation along NYPA transmission corridors in the vicinity of the Niagara power plant and around the state; and EdBauer Construction of Blasdell, for sidewalk and staircase renovations at the Niagara plant.

L.D.C. Construction was contracted for nearly $4.17 million. Frog Island is a wetland that is currently submerged beneath the Niagara River in Erie County. L.D.C. Construction will undertake the initial dredging and excavation required for the 3.9-acre site in preparation for its habitat restoration.

A four-year pact worth $1.2 million contract is set for Gomez & Sullivan Engineers for vegetation management inventory services along NYPA transmission-line corridors, provides for annual data collection to identify sections in need of next-year tree-branch pruning and other measures to ensure the reliability of power lines.

And the two-year contract granted to EdBauer Construction is for $571,400 to replace and renovate sidewalks and staircases that surround the Niagara power plant's administration building and visitors center-the Power Vista.