New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced this week the completion of a $4.3 million project to replace the U.S. Route 62 (Niagara Falls Boulevard) bridge over Bergholz Creek.
"Niagara Falls Boulevard is a vital transportation corridor, serving both local mobility and regional transportation needs," McDonald said. "The expanded lane configuration of the new bridge provides continuity on the corridor and enhances safety for all users with the addition of a center turn lane and sidewalk."
Wheatfield Supervisor Bob Cliffe commented: "I and every resident of Wheatfield is extremely pleased that the rebuilding of the Niagara Falls Boulevard bridge over Bergholz Creek is now completed. For the foreseeable future there will be no more traffic tie-ups, no more drivers jumping street lights, less driving across private property to bypass the traffic jams. For the businesses at 'six corners,' things are back to normal. The work looks terrific and is greatly appreciated; this will be a long-term benefit to Wheatfield."
The 78-year-old bridge that carried four 10-foot travel lanes was replaced with a wider bridge that carries four 12-foot travel lanes and a continuous two-way center turn lane. The new five-lane configuration now matches the reconstructed section of Niagara Falls Boulevard south of the bridge, increasing safety for the traveling public.
In addition to vehicular traffic, the bridge accommodates both pedestrians and bicyclists with a new sidewalk on the south side and 5-foot shoulders. The project also included resurfacing pavement on Niagara Falls Boulevard from state Route 265 (Military Road) to the Cayuga Drive Extension.
The construction contractor for the project is Concrete Applied Technology Corporation (CATCO) of Alden. Construction began in the spring of 2011.