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Town of Tonawanda board approves next step toward lighting Niagara Falls Boulevard

In order to light a dark and dangerous section of Niagara Falls Boulevard, north of the I-290 interchange, the Town of Tonawanda needed to buy National Grid poles.

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. — On New Years Eve, 2 On Your Side reported on the status of a lighting project in the Town of Tonawanda which is behind schedule.

2019 was the year the Town of Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda planned to put up street lights to improve visibility for motorists and pedestrians on a dark and dangerous section of Niagara Falls Boulevard north of the I-290 interchange.

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Monday night, town board members approved the next step in making that happen.

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor, Joseph Emminger tells 2 On Your Side that the town board approved an agreement with National Grid. The agreement is to buy their light poles, across the town, so that lighting can be upgraded and new fixtures can be installed in areas that need them. One of those areas is the section in question along Niagara Falls Boulevard.  

While the town board approved the agreement, Emminger says that only means it moves onto the next step in the process. The NYS Public Service Commission needs to approve the purchase agreement. Emminger believes that could take six months or more.

When they get the green light from the PSC, we're told Niagara Falls Boulevard will be the first area to benefit from this lighting project.

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