December 1, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $6.7 Million Safety Improvement Project on the Thruway in Cheektowaga

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Project Improves Traffic Flow and Reduces Noise in High-Volume Area of I-90

Year-Long Project Completed On-Time and On-Budget


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $6.7 million safety improvement project on the New York State Thruway (I-90) in Cheektowaga is now complete. The auxiliary lane extension and noise barrier wall project improves both safety and traffic flow in the historically high-volume area, with an average of 116,800 vehicles each day. The project was completed on-time and on-budget.

"This corridor is a major artery for millions of New Yorkers each year, and this project improves safety, reduces congestion and helps to drive economic growth in Western New York," Governor Cuomo said. "Across New York, we are investing in critical transportation infrastructure to ensure resiliency and viability for future generations."

Work on the project, located on the New York State Thruway (I-90) between exit 51 (Buffalo - NY Route 33 - Airport) and exit 50A (Cleveland Drive), began in October 2016. As part of the project, crews constructed a new auxiliary lane and on-ramp, making it easier for traffic to merge while exiting to Cleveland Drive or I-290 westbound. Along with road improvements, a new wooden noise barrier fence was constructed on both the eastbound and westbound side of the I-90 between exits 51 and 50A.

"By reinvesting toll dollars, we are improving safety and congestion on one of the most traveled sections of the Thruway," said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. "The Thruway continues to be one of the safest superhighways in the nation and by extending the auxiliary lane between exits 51 and 50A, motorists will enjoy a smoother traffic flow, creating a safe and reliable roadway.

The work, performed by Oakgrove Construction, Inc. of Elma, NY, was completed in accordance with the requirements of Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers during highway and bridge projects across the state.

Since 2016, the Thruway Authority has awarded contracts that will result in nearly 1,000 lane miles of highway improvements along its 570-mile system.

Senator Tim Kennedy said, "The completion of this project will provide much needed relief to drivers who use this highly traveled roadway on their daily commutes. These improvements will not only help to ease congestion, but with the installation of a noise barrier wall, they will also create relief for nearby residents. Thank you to Governor Cuomo, Executive Director Driscoll, and the entire Authority for their attention to this busy section of the Thruway, and for continuing to invest in our infrastructure's maintenance and improvement."

Assemblymember Monica Wallace said, "I'm delighted to see this important infrastructure project completed. The improvements to the Thruway will alleviate commuter congestion for about 116,800 motorists daily. The improvements also address concerns from surrounding neighborhoods by constructing a new sound barrier to reduce noise pollution. I commend the great work of the New York State Thruway Authority and all who worked on this project."

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "Traffic moves more efficiently and local residents notice it less thanks to these infrastructure investments on the Thruway. The new auxiliary lane and on-ramp greatly enhance safety in the Cleveland Drive area of the Thruway while the new noise barriers improve the quality of life for nearby residents."

Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, "This completed project provides two great outcomes for our Town - improved quality of life for residents living adjacent to the I-90; and improved safety and traffic flow for residents, visitors and travelers using this portion of the I-90 every day. The installation of noise barriers is already bringing peace of mind to residents living adjacent to the Thruway between Route 33 and Cleveland Drive with reduced noise and the relief of no longer having to look at vehicles and traffic on the Thruway. I will continue to work with New York State, as well as the New York State Thruway Authority, to advocate for quality of life issues for residents living along the I-90 within the Town. The I-90 still remains a major economic catalyst for our town by providing easy access to and from our commercial businesses, and easy access for many visitors from across Western New York to our great retail hubs.  I am glad that the New York State Thruway Authority recognized the importance of improving safety and traffic flow along this portion of the I-90 within the Town of Cheektowaga. I thank Governor Cuomo, the New York State Thruway Authority and our state representation for prioritizing this project and congratulate them on completing this project on-time and on-budget."

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