New York State Department of Transportation has received a federal $1.4 million Highways for LIFE grant for the Interstate 190 over Buffalo Avenue bridge replacement project in Niagara Falls.
"The DOT is always looking for faster more efficient methods to replace our aging infrastructure," said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. "The Federal Highway Administration has recognized the innovative techniques we're utilizing, and I expect this bridge will serve as a model for future projects across New York state."
NYSDOT will replace the northbound and southbound structures that carry I-190 over Buffalo Avenue using strategies that will reduce the need for costly maintenance and minimize traffic delays caused by construction. The bridge replacements will incorporate a precast deck beam system. Accelerated bridge construction techniques will reduce the impact to highway users by 97 percent as compared to conventional methods. Under the conventional construction approach, a new deck would be cast-in-place and have a service life of approximately 25 years. With an expected service life of approximately 75 years, the precast deck beam system will significantly prolong the life of these structures.
The bridge replacement project is scheduled for 2013.