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For Immediate Release: March 16, 2012

I-190 Construction Begins Monday, March 19
Roadway Rehabilitation Continues Through September

BUFFALO -- Road work is scheduled to begin Monday, March 19, on the Niagara Expressway (I-190) from Exit 9 (Peace Bridge, Porter Avenue) to Exit 17 (River Road, NY Route 266), the New York State Thruway Authority announced.

During construction periods, motorists can expect temporary traffic delays. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2012.

The construction project includes rehabilitating existing pavement on both the northbound and southbound sections of I-190.

The project includes total road closure on three consecutive weekends in April, weather permitting:

  • Friday, April 13, to Monday, April 16, northbound from Porter Avenue (Exit 9) to Vulcan Street (Exit 14);
  • Friday, April 20, to Monday, April 23, northbound from Vulcan Street (Exit 14) to Sheridan Drive (Exit 15);
  • Friday, April 27, to Monday, April 30, southbound from Sheridan Drive (Exit 15) to Ontario Street (Exit 14).

Detour routes will be posted during these scheduled work periods.

To minimize the impact on daily commuters, the majority of this construction work is scheduled for nighttime.

In addition to road repairs the contractor will replace overhead signage, complete shoulder and ramp repair work, and clean and seal pavement joints.

For the safety of the public and construction workers, motorists are urged to proceed with caution and obey the posted work-zone speed limits. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in construction zones.

Oakgrove Construction Inc. of Elma, N.Y., is the general contractor for the $5.6 million project.

Traffic updates will be broadcast to motorists via electronic message signs along the highway and by Highway Advisory Radio, 1610 AM in the Buffalo area.

The Thruway Authority appreciates motorist’s patience during this construction project.

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