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Public meeting set on proposal to dewater Niagara Falls

Proposals for repairing century-old bridges near the brink of Niagara Falls – and the likelihood that the American Falls will have to be dewatered to complete the work – will be the subject of a public hearing from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Two of three proposals to make repairs or replace the bridges call for temporarily shutting off the American Falls in order to ease the construction by diverting the water flow to the Horseshoe Falls. Due to projected costs and the time required, the third proposed option has effectively been eliminated from consideration.

Tonight’s session will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. The meeting includes an information session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A formal presentation starts at 6:30 p.m., and that portion will include a chance for members of the public to comment.

Last fall, the state issued a draft design report on the planned project.

Written comments are also being accepted through Feb. 10.