New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction of a $1.6 million resiliency project, awarded to the Village of Wilson, Niagara County, through the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The Townline Pier is a popular recreational site, frequented by Village residents and visitors to the community. The pier, used for fishing, launching kayaks, and public access to Lake Ontario, has suffered structural damage from increased wind and wave action, and rising lake levels. During record flooding that occurred in 2019, the pier was two feet underwater, making the structure inaccessible and posing a safety risk to watercraft users. The proposed project will mitigate safety hazards as well as ensure continued recreational accessibility.
“During the flooding that occurred in 2019, many popular tourist destinations along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River were inaccessible, negatively impacting regions that welcome visitors each year from across the state”, Governor Cuomo said. “Through the REDI program, and through the state’s partnership with these affected communities, we are working together to ensure that should future high water events occur, visitors will not be hindered from accessing and enjoying their favorite lake shore destinations, thus supporting the tourism economy that is vital to these municipalities.”
“New York is committed to investing in projects to increase resiliency and prevent flooding in communities along the Lake Ontario waterfront,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The Village of Wilson is a prime location for recreational use of Lake Ontario and today’s start of construction at Townline Pier will help safeguard against the threat of rising waters and ensure that it remains a place of enjoyment for future generations.”
Resiliency measures to be implemented in the project include:
- Raising the structure three feet to an elevation of 252′, to allow the pier to remain easily accessible during high water events;
- Repair to the stairs allowing access to the pier from the shoreline;
- Mitigating further erosion through the addition of riprap along the shoreline;
- Construction of a public restroom; and
- Parking lot improvements.