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NYSDOT announces start of $6.3 million project to rehabilitate seven bridges on I-990 in Erie County

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Mon, Apr 15th 2019 04:10 pm

Project intended to enhance safety, improve mobility along vital interstate that serves up to 65,000 vehicles daily

The New York State Department of Transportation announced the start of construction on a $6.3 million project to rehabilitate seven bridges on northbound Interstate 990 in the Town of Amherst. The project will enhance safety and improve driving conditions on a vital roadway that handles up to 65,000 vehicles a day and connects Interstate 290 with the University at Buffalo North campus and other points west. Once completed, the rehabilitated bridges will help ensure the continued flow of people and goods through the region and promote economic growth for years to come.

As part of the project, bridge joints, curbs and concrete approach slabs will be replaced and bridge railings will be upgraded. The bridges’ surface features and substructure concrete will be repaired, and the ends of the steel girders will be painted. The cost-effective work will extend the service life of each bridge and reduce maintenance costs.

The project will rehabilitate the northbound I-990 bridges over:

  • Chestnut Ridge Road
  • Sweet Home Road
  • Ellicott Creek
  • Dodge Road
  • James Audubon Parkway
  • Campbell Boulevard
  • North French Road

Consistent with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Drivers First” initiative, the work will minimize impacts on traffic. Lane closures will be limited to only those necessary to complete the work and keep workers and the travelling public safe. Drivers are reminded to stay alert for flaggers and changing traffic patterns.

The project is expected to be complete by summer 2020.

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “This corridor connects neighborhoods with local schools, UB, light industrial parks, retail businesses and community resources, including a police station, library and senior center. This project, which includes significant federal highway funding, continues the infrastructure investments necessary to support safe, efficient and stronger communities.”

New York State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, "The 990 is a vital road to many in Amherst. I am pleased to see that the New York State Department of Transportation is working to repair these bridges and improve the safety of this corridor for residents. We need to continue to prioritize our Western New York roads."

Assemblywoman Karen McMahon said, "Interstate 990 is a vital link to many parts of Amherst and Pendleton. Keeping the bridges safe and smooth is important to ensuring commuters can get to work, students can get to college and families can get where they need to go. I encourage drivers to slow down and use caution as this important maintenance project gets fully underway in the coming weeks."

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or log on to the new mobile site at http://m.511ny.org/. 511NY offers free, 24/7, statewide, real-time traffic and transit information for all of New York.

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