Public Views Designs for Niagara Falls Replacement Bridges

FILE - In this June 14, 2001, file aerial photo, the United States side, foreground, of Niagara Falls is viewed in Niagara Falls, N.Y. New York officials are considering temporarily turning Niagara Falls into a trickle. State officials are holding a public hearing this week to discuss plans for replacing 115-year-old bridges, left, linking the mainland to islands near the brink of the falls. To do so, they might reduce the flow on the American side of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect Niagara River water to the Canadian side, upper right. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File) Summary
In this 2001 file aerial photo, the United States side, foreground, of Niagara Falls is seen in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

The public has had a look at the design alternatives for the bridge replacement project, which will require shutting off the water flowing over the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.

A public meeting was held Wednesday evening in the city of Niagara Falls, NY, so state officials could discuss their plans to replace two 115-year-old bridges linking the mainland to two islands on the American side of the Niagara River.

Officials say the project will require building a dam that will divert the river’s flow to Canada’s Horseshoe Falls, essentially shutting off the American Falls.

State parks officials said before the meeting that the project won’t start before 2019.

Three designs for the replacement bridges were displayed: steel overhead arches, stone archways similar to the current spans and a multigirder bridge made primarily of steel.