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Grand opening of the shared Witmer Road entrance to Niagara University and the NYPA

LEWISTON – The newly reconfigured Witmer Road entrance of Niagara University – Campus Parkway – was celebrated during Earth Week celebrations on Thursday.

The $5.5 million project was completed last fall as part of a Shared Campus Initiative to upgrade and enhance roadways and parking lots that connect the New York Power Authority’s Hydroelectric Power Plant and the Niagara University campus.

Campus parkway opened on Nov. 6 after upgrades were made to the rock wall signage, lighting and landscaping. Since that time it has replaced Lewiston Road/Route 104, as the campus’ main entrance.

The Shared Campus Initiative has also reconstructed 20 acres of shared property between the two campuses and established a “Power Path,” a mile-long bicycle/walking path that connects the NYPA Power Vista and Reservoir State Park.

The Earth Week celebration focused on the project’s sustainability, which included: 18,650 tons of asphalt, enough to cover 4.5 football fields; reconstruction or rehabilitation of four miles of pavement; placement of more than 12 miles of temporary and permanent pavement; installation of 2,300 feet of drainage pipe – enough to span the American Falls, twice; planting of 6,451 trees, shrubs and flower; and restoration of 25,000 square yards of lawn/grass.

“As neighbors and partners, NYPA and Niagara University also share a commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. He said the project was concerned about safety and security, while also using sustainable and environmentally friendly best practices.

In addition, the Shared Campus Initiative project also added security cameras to enhance the safety of NYPA visitors and students in the share Power Vista parking lot.