When will local road construction be finished?

Posted at 7:27 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 13:39:27-04

This year, there seems to be road construction all around the Buffalo-area.

"It feels like it just keeps going on and on.  If there is not construction over here, then it is over there.  It just never stops," said Buffalo State College student Jordan Wolf from Amherst.

While Mother Nature helped crews by providing lots of dry weather and enabling some projects to end early, drivers are wondering how much longer the other projects on interstate highways and Erie County roads will go on?

We asked people through social people what they thought were the biggest concerns.  

People on Twitter and Facebook responded with the bridge replacement on Elmwood Avenue over Rt.198 near Buffalo State College, Losson Road in Cheektowaga and Seneca Street in West Seneca.

7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly set out today to get some answers on those projects and others - and he found out that another big project is just about to get started.


The New York State Department of Transportation also provided the following information about some of NYSDOT's projects that are underway.

  • Completion of Porter Avenue Bridge over I-190:  Scheduled for September 19, 2016.
  • Opening of “D” Ramp (Peace Bridge Plaza to I-190 Northbound):  Scheduled for late October 2016.
  • Elmwood Ave over 198: Opening this bridge to its full width is scheduled for late November, 2016.
  • 62/Sowles Roundabout: Traffic is scheduled to be moving through the roundabout during the first week of November.  Top course paving and landscaping will occur next spring.
  • I-290: Eastbound and westbound I-290 bridges over Military Road and Delaware Avenue are scheduled to be fully opened to traffic on October 7, 2016.
  • Route 400: All weekend closures for the replacement of the Route 400 bridge over Harlem Road have been completed, and all lanes on Route 400 are open to traffic.  Culvert replacement and top course paving on Harlem Road beneath the bridge will be completed by the end of October 2016. 
  • South Cascade Drive-Miller Road Bridge (formerly Route 219) over Cattaraugus Creek: Existing bridge was imploded in June 2016, and work continues on building the new bridge which is expected to be opened to traffic in June 2017.