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Old power lines coming down in Niagara County

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Posted at 10:14 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 09:01:47-04

National Grid contract crews, with cooperation and support from Hydro One in Ontario, will be removing retired electricity transmission lines that cross the Niagara River near the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge next week.

The work will begin early Monday morning and, to assure the safety of both workers and the public, will require lane closures of the Robert Moses Parkway, and restrictions on the Niagara River and state hiking trails along the gorge near the project location between the international bridge and the New York Power Authority facilities to the south.  River access will restricted intermittently and controlled by Coast Guard personnel on the water.

The lines span the river just south of the bridge, and connect with equipment at the Sir Adam Beck hydro-electric generating station on the Canadian side of the gorge.  First connected in the 1920s, the circuits have been out of service for several years and are no longer required.

Line removal will take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, with the project wrapping up later in the week with the dismantling and removal of several towers that support the lines on the U.S. side of the river.

National Grid and Hydro One have coordinated the project with federal, state and local officials in New York and Ontario.