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When will Elmwood Ave. construction be complete?

Posted at 7:53 AM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 07:53:48-05

If your travel route includes Elmwood Avenue near SUNY Buffalo State, don't expect traffic to return to normal for several months.

The New York State Department of Transportation says construction of the bridge near Iroquois Drive, that will better accommodate drivers, pedestrians and bikers, won't be completed until around Thanksgiving.

"NYSDOT began the project for complete bridge replacement for the Elmwood Avenue Bridge over NY Route 198 and Scajaqauda Creek last spring. The bridge is being built in two stages," said Susan Surdej.

"Stage 1 included the constructing the bridge substructure and setting the steel for southbound traffic which has now been completed. Utility work is on-going over the winter and we anticipate pouring the southbound concrete deck around May 1. We will then switch traffic to the new southbound side in June and begin to build the bridge on the northbound half in Stage 2."

Surdej says the second stage of the $10.4 million construction project will take place in the summer; the concrete is anticipated to be poured in September.

"We anticipate the full opening of the bridge around Thanksgiving. The project is moving along well and the contract completion date is December 31, 2016," said Surdej.

Rt. 198 ramps will not reopen until the bridge is fully reopening.