Beginning Wednesday morning, Harlem Road will be closed in West Seneca between Indian Church Road and Seneca Street. It's the beginning of an ambitious construction project that’s expected to impact thousands of drivers.
Beginning Thursday morning, motorists who are headed toward downtown Buffalo via the 400 north will have to exit at Union Road. “I use the 400 every time I drive to work downtown four to five nights a week,” explained Ryan Kanowski. “It's faster than taking Clinton Street all the way down. So, it probably chops about 15 to 20 minutes off my drive with traffic.”
But, not over the coming days. He’ll be one of thousands forced off the expressway so crews can work to replace the bridge over Harlem Road. West Seneca town officials said they met Tuesday morning to discuss increased traffic along surrounding side streets.
Kanowski said he's prepared for possible traffic problems. “It's going to add on a few extra minutes to my daily commute. So, we'll work with it and hopefully they reopen pretty soon.”
The 400 is expected to be closed during the following dates and times:
July 7 at 9:00 am through July 11 at 6:00 am
July 29 at 9:00 am through August 1 at 6:00 am
August 20 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
July 14 at 6:00 pm through July 18 at 3:00 pm
July 22 at 6:00 pm through July 25 at 3:00 pm.
August 21 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
“I don't know what routes I'm going to take,” said South Wales resident, Deeanna Palmer. “It's probably going to take a lot longer to get to where I need to go. It's going to be more of a hassle.”
Detour signs will be posted. Officials said you should also allow for extra travel time using the routes during the affected times through the end of August.
Detour for 400S at Transit Ramp: Take 16 to Jamison Rd and jump on 400S there! pic.twitter.com/44FfaHK44M
— Autumn Lewandowski (@AutumnsWeather) July 5, 2016
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