April 3, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $66.4 Million Infrastructure Improvement Project on New York State Thruway in Western New York

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$66.4 Million Investment Includes Road Reconstruction, Bridge Rehabilitation and Bridge Replacement on I-90 in Erie County


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced construction has started on a $66.4 million infrastructure improvement project on the New York State Thruway in Erie County. The project includes road reconstruction, rehabilitation of four Thruway bridges and the replacement of a Thruway bridge on the Thruway (I-90). The stretch is one of the busiest on the superhighway, seeing more than 130,000 motorists daily.


"This important infrastructure investment is vital to upgrading our transportation network in Western New York and across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "These improvements not only enhance safety for motorists, but will also support local businesses and the regional economy."


Since 2013 the Thruway Authority has invested $439.2 million in infrastructure projects in Western New York.


"Governor Cuomo has made transportation a top priority and is moving major projects forward across the state," Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. "Reinvesting toll dollars in infrastructure projects such as this one in Erie County demonstrates our commitment to keeping the Thruway one of the safest toll roads in the nation."


The project includes reconstruction and rehabilitation of nearly three miles of roadway between exit 54 (West Seneca-East Aurora- NY Routes 400 & 16) and the Lackawanna Toll Barrier.  Numerous safety upgrades are planned including new signs, guiderails, shoulder expansion and additional reflective pavement markings to enhance safety.


The project also includes rehabilitation of four Thruway bridges:


  • Seneca Street (milepost 428.37)
  • Cazenovia Creek (milepost 428.56)
  • Potters Road (milepost 428.84)
  • Smokes Creek (milepost 429.78)


The Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge (milepost 430.05) will be replaced.


Oakgrove Construction of Elma, NY, was awarded the contract under the Best Value procurement method.


The project was designed to align with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, to ensure construction will have the least possible impact on motorists.


There will be nightly right lane closures on I-90 eastbound between the Lackawanna toll barrier and exit 54 (West Seneca-East Aurora- NY Routes 400 & 16) from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. for shoulder and guiderail work, before the main construction begins in June.


Information about traffic patterns will be broadcast on Highway Advisory Radio and displayed on Variable Message Signs.


Construction will be completed in different stages, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2019.

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