FHWA Funds Grant For I-190 Bridge Replacement

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM EDT

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FHWA Funds Grant For I-190 Bridge Replacement

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW/New York State Department of Transportation) - New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has received a federal $1.4 million Highways for LIFE grant for the Interstate 190 over Buffalo Avenue bridge replacement project in the city of 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, enabling the project to achieve the Highways for LIFE performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety, quality, and user satisfaction.

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 Highways for LIFE Pilot Program was established to advance longer-lasting highways using innovative technologies and practices to accomplish the fast construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges.

The bridge replacement project is scheduled for 2013. NYSDOT will make further announcements in the coming months on the project's schedule.