Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that construction has commenced on a $ 500,000 resilience project awarded through 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 proof of what we can achieve when state and local governments work together to improve their communities.” Governor Cuomo said. “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 significantly from the weather, necessitating emergency repairs by the city 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.
“Niagara County’s coastal communities have faced tremendous challenges in recent years due to flooding and the effects of climate change, but New York State continues to lead the way in building resilience for the future.” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline replacement project will address the deteriorated steel waterline in the town of Wilson and protect critical infrastructure to ensure reliable water supplies.”
The Ministry of Transport Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said“As a member of Governor Cuomo’s REDI commission, we had the opportunity to work directly with local communities to identify and invest in projects that will improve the community’s ability to withstand the damaging effects of our climate change. Projects like this in The City of Wilson will help build more resilient infrastructure that will fuel economic growth and improve the quality of life. This shows what can be achieved if 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 water security for thousands of people for many years to 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 multi-agency REDI initiative will help rebuild flood-damaged communities in the contribute to the whole world. ” The shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Rivers are another important step in securing the future of our lakeside communities. ”
Senator Robert Ortt said“Continuing investment in our state’s infrastructure is critical to avoiding unnecessarily dangerous and costly disasters. By identifying and proactively managing the Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline, New York State is working on the front lines of ensuring that the residents of the New York State are on the cutting edge City of Wilson will continue to have access to safe and reliable water supplies. This kind of thinking ahead is essential if we are to continue to protect the health and safety of New York residents. “
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 to protect our residents, businesses and communities from future flood emergencies $ 500,000 worth of Roosevelt Waterline improvement at the Beach Bridge will have a significant impact on our community as the existing aqueduct infrastructure has deteriorated to 275 feet and has become a serious burden. I am proud to be with 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, chairwoman of Niagara County, 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 comes to replacing damaged, aging infrastructure. It is no better example of this. ” This is more than replacing the Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline, which is paramount to the city of Wilson. I am very pleased that this project has now broken new ground and I would like to pay tribute to the efforts of my colleague, Legislator Dave Godfrey and Wilson Supervisor Doyle Phillips in, are working to get it done. “
City Warden Doyle Phillips said“The Roosevelt Beach Bridge waterline has had constant maintenance over the past few years. Governor Cuomo is helping the City of Wilson solve this problem through his resilience and economic development initiative. Through this program and funding from the REDI Commission, the waterline is being replaced to ensure a continuous and safe water supply 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 widespread flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Rivers, Governor 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), were set up to assess local priorities, vulnerable infrastructure and other assets, and public safety identify worries.
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 exemplify the REDI mission.
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