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New York State Thruway Authority: North GI Bridge work completed ahead of schedule

Fri, Nov 24th 2017 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday the $8.4 million bridge rehabilitation project on the northbound North Grand Island Bridge on the Niagara Thruway has been completed ahead of schedule.
"The Thruway Authority is dedicated to reinvesting toll dollars back into our infrastructure and the early completion of this critical project demonstrates our continued commitment to improving motorists' driving experience all along the Niagara Frontier," said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. "This bridge is a vital transportation connector for Grand Island residents and tourists from around the world, as well as an economic engine both nationally and internationally."
The deck overlay project included various bridge improvements and safety upgrades:
•Concrete deck repairs.
•Installation of new bridge joints.
•A new polyester concrete overlay on the bridge's deck.
In September, a weekend closure of the northbound North Grand Island Bridge allowed the project's contractor, Oakgrove Construction of Elma to perform one continuous pour of concrete, providing a more uniform deck profile and a higher quality, smoother riding surface for motorists, NYSTA said.
The project was completed in accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.
Since 2012, the Thruway Authority has reinvested more than $79.6 million into the Grand Island Bridges, including deck replacement on the southbound North Grand Island Bridge in 2015 and additional safety-related bridge repairs and improvements.
In August, Cuomo announced high-speed open road, cashless tolling will begin at the Grand Island toll barriers in March of 2018. Work on phase one of the transition to cashless tolling on Grand Island began in October.

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