Interstate 86 Preparing for Overhaul

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM EDT

(WKBW)

The second phase of a massive road project in the Southern Tier finally gets the green light.

Interstate 86 on the Seneca Indian Reservation is a mess, full of huge potholes and now people who drive on the highway every day will finally get some relief.

That relief is going to come with a little bit of pain, but only temporarily.

While construction begins on the project, a section of I-86 will be shut down in both directions.

Union Concrete and Construction based in West Seneca has been hired by the New York State Department of Transportation to begin repaving the 10 mile stretch of I-86 starting at exit 20 in the City of Salamanca to just before exit 23.

However, workers can't start though until the weather breaks.

About 10 thousand drivers who travel that section every day will be diverted to Route 417 throughout the duration of the project which is expected to be completed in December 2014.

The DOT will next tackle the remaining section of the interstate from exit 23 to the eastern line of the Seneca Nation territory. A date hasn't been set for that project.

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