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State OKs $500,000 toward Olcott breakwall study

A $500,000 state grant, announced Friday by State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, is to be applied toward a study of the anticipated construction of a new breakwall to protect the hamlet of Olcott from high waters in Lake Ontario.

"It's a big first step," Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse said. The project would cost an estimated $5 million to $6 million.

Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg said in November that plans exist for a 600-foot-long wall located about 250 feet from the ends of the federal piers on either side of the mouth of Eighteen Mile Creek. Those piers protrude about 900 feet from shore.

The design is similar to an existing breakwall at the mouth of Oak Orchard Creek in Orleans County.

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