LEWISTON – An elevator from the Niagara Power Project’s South Access Road to the fishing pier at the base of the power plant has reopened after a $1.7 million refurbishing project that began two years ago. Scrufari Construction Co. of Niagara Falls won the bidding for the project.
The New York Power Authority announced the elevator’s reopening Thursday. Besides serving anglers, the elevator, which travels 40 feet down to the pier, also provides disabled visitors and emergency personnel access to the fishing facilities, which include a 240-foot long platform, restrooms, a fish cleaning station and parking.
The original elevator, installed in 1990, had reached the end of its useful life, an inspection and engineering study determined in 2014. During peak fishing season, the elevator is estimated to carry about 100 anglers a week who are out for salmon, rainbow trout and yellow perch.