Road Construction Will Impact Major Routes to HSBC And Other Areas

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM EDT

Here is a list of the major roadwork that has now begun, and the impact it will have on major routes ( including the Thruway leading to HSBC ). Information courtesy NITTEC. For a link to the NITTEC site, go to "news links" at the top of the wkbw.com page for more information.

I-190 Northbound/Southbound from Exit 1 (Ogden Street) City of Buffalo to Exit 9 (Peace Bridge) City of Buffalo will have lane restrictions.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:00 pm to 6:00 am
Traffic Impact - Minimal

I-190 Southbound from Exit 14 (Ontario Street) City of Buffalo to Exit 9 (Peace Bridge) City of Buffalo will have lane restrictions.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:00 pm to 6:00 am
Traffic Impact - Minimal

I-190 Southbound from Exit 14 (Ontario Street) City of Buffalo to Exit 8 (Niagara Street) City of Buffalo will be closed.
This closure is from Friday 8:00 pm to Monday 6:00 am. Detour will be posted. Traffic Impact - Moderate

I-290 Westbound Ramps to I-190 Northbound/Southbound Town of Tonawanda will have lane restrictions.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Traffic Impact - Minimal

Route 198 Eastbound ramp to Route 33 Eastbound City of Buffalo Left Lane will be closed. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Traffic Impact - Minimal

ALBANY, NY (readMeida) -- The New York State Thruway Authority today announced approximately $150 million in projects will be let within the Buffalo Division this year as part of the Authority's 2010 Contracts Program. The projects are part of the largest one-year letting level of capital investments ($637 million) in the Thruway's history.

"I commend the Thruway Authority for properly investing in the Thruway's highways and bridges," said Governor David A. Paterson. "These critical investments will not only save money on repairs in the future, when they'd be more costly, but will create jobs during a time in which they are desperately needed. The Authority's 2010 infrastructure improvement plan will go a long way in making travel along the Thruway smoother, more convenient and safer for the users of the system."

"The Thruway's infrastructure is now more than 50 years old; more frequent and more costly repairs are required to maintain safe and reliable driving conditions for the millions of motorists who choose to travel the Thruway each year," said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer.

"The largest single project in the Buffalo Division, at an estimated cost of $93 million, includes the rehabilitation of 13 miles of highway pavement and Thruway bridges over Shadagee Road, 18 Mile Creek and Big Sisters Creek between Interchanges 57 and 58," said Fleischer. "At a time when approximately 80 percent of the Thruway's underlying pavement and 85 percent of the bridges date from the original 1950s construction, more critical repairs to the infrastructure are required."

Other major projects planned for the Buffalo Division in 2010 include*:

• East of Interchange 60 (Westfield) to the Pennsylvania State Line, 13 miles of pavement rehabilitation and rehabilitation of the bridge at Interchange 60 (Westfield, Mayville), approximately $22 million.

• Lackawanna Toll Barrier pavement rehabilitation and repairs to the Thruway Bridge over NYCRR/Penn RR east of the Toll Barrier, approximately $5 million.

• Interchange 48 (Batavia) to west of Interchange 48A (Pembroke), safety upgrades and median guiderail installation, approximately $3 million.

• The rehabilitation of three bridges and the replacement of one culvert between milepost 353 near Interchange 45 (Rochester, Victor) and milepost 363 near Interchange 46 (Rochester, Corning), low bid of $5.9 million.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, transportation infrastructure accounts for 11 percent of the nation's economic activity. For every dollar invested in highway construction, the local economy receives $5.60 in economic benefits - a return on investment of more than 500 percent. Highway construction also creates thousands of jobs. Every $1 billion in highway construction creates more than 42,000 employment opportunities.

"The Authority's primary source of revenue comes from tolls. The Authority receives no State funding and receives very little Federal funding," added Fleischer.

The Authority manages 2,818 lane miles of highway and more than 800 bridges. More than 246.7 million trips were taken on the Thruway in 2009, representing more than 8.1 billion miles traveled. As such, it is imperative that the Authority's highways and bridge assets remain in good condition and that there is a proper expenditure of resources to keep the highway free of debris, potholes, and snow and ice, to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods, services and people.

For the latest information about the Authority's 2005-2011 Capital Program, click here.