Fri, February 26, 2021, 1.30 p.m.

The $ 500,000 project to replace the Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline protects critical infrastructure and ensures a reliable water supply for the city of Wilson

Project selected as part of REDI

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that construction began on a $ 500,000 resilience project awarded under the Resilience and Economic Development Initiative. This project will address a severely degraded steel waterline that has been classified as endangered. The city of Wilson owns and operates the local water supply system that supplies around 5,800 residents.

“The REDI program is a testament to what we can achieve when state and local governments work together to improve their communities,” said Cuomo. “This Niagara County project is another example of New York’s continued commitment to revitalization and resilience. We’d better be demolishing New York to withstand what Mother Nature brings us.”

Part of this infrastructure, a 275-foot steel aqueduct, is suspended over Twelve Mile Creek, which is attached to the Roosevelt Beach Bridge. This 8-inch section of pipe is nearly 60 years old and had deteriorated badly from the elements, necessitating emergency city repairs and an interruption in the water supply. Mitigation measures for this project include replacing approximately 275 feet of severely damaged steel water pipes to ensure reliable water supplies for local homes and businesses.

Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation, said: “As a member of Cuomo’s Government’s REDI Commission, we have had the opportunity to work directly with local communities to identify and invest in projects that have the ability of the Improving the community to withstand the damaging effects Projects like this one in the city of Wilson will help build more resilient infrastructure that will fuel economic growth and improve the quality of life, and show what can be achieved when we all work together. “

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “I recommend that Governor Cuomo invest in projects that will make Lake Ontario communities more resilient to future floods. This project will ensure the security of water supplies for thousands of people for many years to come. Come . “

Eric Gertler, President and CEO of Empire State Development, said, “This critical infrastructure project will replace a 275-foot steel waterline in the city of Wilson and provide the reliable water supply necessary for business stability and economic growth. The REDI Initiative with multiple agencies will do this. ” Rebuilding flood-damaged communities along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is another important step in securing the future of our lakeside communities. “

New York State Senator Robert Ortt said, “Further investment in our state’s infrastructure is critical to avoiding unnecessarily dangerous and costly disasters. New York State operates by identifying and proactively managing the Roosevelt Beach Bridge Waterline on foot and ensuring that Wilson City residents continue to have access to safe and reliable water supplies. This kind of thinking ahead is essential to continuing to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers. “

Rep. Michael Norris said, “I am proud to have worked with the Governor and the Lake Ontario Resilience and Economic Development Commission to undertake critical infrastructure improvement projects that are reshaping our coastline for our residents, businesses and protect communities from future flood emergencies The $ 500,000 improvements to the Roosevelt Beach Bridge Waterline will have a significant impact on our community as the existing 275-foot waterline infrastructure has deteriorated and become a serious burden. I am proud to Having worked with the governor and other elected officials to provide funding for this project, Wilson can rest assured that they will continue to have clean, safe, and reliable water. “

Rebecca Wydysh, Niagara County’s Legislative Leader, said: “New York State’s partnership with local communities under the REDI program has been of tremendous importance to cities on the shores of Lake Ontario that have been affected by flooding, especially when it came to damage Replacing Aging Infrastructure There is no better example of this than replacing the Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline, which is of paramount importance to the City of Wilson. I am delighted that this project has broken new ground and I would like to see my colleague’s efforts , Legislature, recognize Dave Godfrey and Wilson Supervisor Doyle Phillips are working to make this happen.

Phillips said, “The Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline has required constant maintenance for the past several years. Governor Cuomo is helping the City of Wilson solve this problem through his Resilience and Economic Development Initiative. Through this program and with the REDI Commission will replace the waterline to ensure continuous and safe water service for our residents and save maintenance costs and time for the city. We are grateful for the support and partnership that the state has provided. “

In response to the extensive flood pattern along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Cuomo created REDI to increase resilience in coastal communities and promote economic development in the area. Five REDI regional planning committees, made up of representatives from eight counties (Niagara and Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego, and Jefferson and St. Lawrence), have been set up to identify local priorities, vulnerable infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns .

The REDI Commission allocated $ 20 million to helping homeowners, $ 30 million to improving business resilience, and $ 15 million to regional dredging, each of which is in the eight counties in the REDI regions will benefit. The remaining $ 235 million has been allocated to local and regional projects that advance and illustrate the REDI mission.

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