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Niagara Falls State Park bridge plans to be aired later this month

Plans that would cost tens of millions of dollars to implement to either fix or replace two century-old pedestrian bridges in Niagara Falls State Park will be unveiled later this month.

A public meeting about the plans will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. A formal presentation by staff from the state Department of Transportation will begin at 6:30 p.m., officials from State Parks and the DOT announced today.

According to state officials, "this meeting will present proposals to either repair or completely replace the bridges."

The bridges, which connect Goat Island, Green Island and the mainland, were built in 1901 and have deteriorated to the point where temporary truss bridges were installed in 2004. What exists currently obstructs some of the views from the bridges, and they've been closed to trolley traffic for the last decade.

In terms of a timeline, scoping was completed last fall and preliminary engineering and environmental review is being undertaken. Construction is estimated to begin in the spring of 2017, later than had been projected last year.

For more information, contact Craig Mozrall, regional special projects manager, at 847-3033. Interested parties may also write to the state DOT at 100 Seneca St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14203, referencing project number 5760.40. Also check out a story from August 2013 about the project.

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