March 26, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Phase Two of $66.4 Million Infrastructure Improvement Project on New York State Thruway in Erie County Scheduled to Begin

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Drivers Will Experience New Traffic Pattern on Section of I-90 Near Lackawanna Toll Barrier for Duration of Project 


Work Expected to Be Complete in Fall 2019 


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the second phase of a $66.4 million infrastructure improvement project on the Thruway (I-90) in Erie County between exit 54 (West Seneca-East Aurora- NY Routes 400 & 16) and the Lackawanna Toll Barrieris scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting. Drivers will experience a new traffic pattern on the section of I-90 near the Lackawanna Toll Barrier for the duration of the project, with work expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.


"When we invest in important infrastructure projects like this one in Western New York, everyone benefits," Governor Cuomo said. "The impact of a modern, upgraded transportation system spreads to the tourism industry and the economy, enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the region." 


"We're investing in infrastructure projects across the state to enhance transportation systems," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "When completed in the fall, the improvements on the Thruway in Erie County will upgrade roads and bridges in the area and continue to build the economy of Western New York."


The two year project, which began in April 2018, includes road reconstruction, rehabilitation of four Thruway bridges and the replacement of a Thruway bridge on the I-90. Phase one of the project was completed last November.  


Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, "As construction season resumes, so does work on this important infrastructure project in Western New York. When complete, this project will improve the safety and rideability of this heavily traveled stretch of the Thruway, creating a better commute for thousands of motorists every day." 


A new traffic pattern will be in effect on I-90 between exit 54 (West Seneca-East Aurora- NY Routes 400 & 16) and the Lackawanna Toll Barrierduring construction. All traffic will be shifted onto the westbound side of I-90 while road and bridge work is performed on I-90 eastbound. This traffic pattern will remain in effect for the duration of the project, which is scheduled to be completed this Fall. 


During phase two of the project, crews will repave the eastbound lanes of I-90 with a combination of concrete reconstruction, asphalt full depth repairs and a section of mill and fill. Crews will also perform one mile of concrete work between the Ridge Road exit and the Lackawanna Toll Barrier, as well as add full depth asphalt under the Ridge Road overpass. The remaining section from Ridge Road to NY Route 400 will also receive a new mill and pave asphalt driving surface. Numerous safety upgrades are also planned including new overhead signs, new guiderails and shoulder expansion, as well as additional pavement markings to enhance safety. 


Additionally, crews will complete the rehabilitation or replacement of five Thruway bridges which include:  


  • 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.  


Traffic information will be displayed on Variable Message Signs. 


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "Building and maintaining our roads and bridges is not just a matter of public safety, it has a direct impact on business and economic development.  We all rely on our highway system to get to work, school and other destinations and we expect our infrastructure to be safe.  These improvements will support businesses here and across the state and will help ensure the safety of the thousands of motorists who use the Thruway every day."


Senator Tim Kennedy said, "As construction season begins, I am pleased to see continued investment in Western New York by the Thruway Authority. When this project is completed, the Thruway, as well as the bridges that carry it, will be safer for motorists and will have the durability needed to stand up to the tough Western New York weather. I implore drivers to be aware of their surroundings and to lower their speed as they travel through construction zones - no appointment is worth putting a life at risk."


Assemblyman Pat Burke said, "I'm glad to see Phase 2 of this critical project commencing. If New York wants to remain an economic leader in this country, we must ensure our infrastructure is safe and reliable. Though it may cause a temporary inconvenience for travelers, the outcome will be well worth the disruption."


Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "These necessary infrastructure improvements will complete a Thruway project begun last year that greatly improves the stretch near the Lackawanna Toll Barrier. Four bridges were rehabilitated, one was replaced, and the road was reconstructed to give motorists a better, safer drive. The elements take a serious toll on roads in Erie County, and this $66.4 million infrastructure investment in such heavily-travelled roads as this is greatly appreciated by everyone who uses them."


For real-time travel information, motorists are encouraged to download the Thruway'smobile appwhich is available on iPhone and Android devices. Travelers can also visit the Thruway Authority's interactiveTraveler Map. 


Motorists can also sign up forTRANSalerte-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway. 

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