For immediate release: March 14, 2013
Contact: Richard Keane (716) 635-6212
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: SOUTHBOUND SOUTH GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE NIGHTLY CLOSURES
WHAT: Deck rehabilitation project on southbound South Grand Island Bridge
WHERE: Southbound Niagara Thruway (I-190) Tandem Parking Lot off Grand Island Boulevard
WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 15, 2013
WHO: Representatives from the New York State Thruway Authority, State Police Troop T and Town of Grand Island Supervisor Mary Cooke
WHY: This project and the Authority’s public outreach are part of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, which focuses on the convenience of motorists to ensure that disruptions are as minimal as possible for drivers at highway and bridge construction projects across the state.
Work on the deck rehabilitation project will occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every Sunday through Thursday night from March 17 through October. In case of inclement weather, the work may be postponed. Updates will be issued to announce any change in schedule.
During scheduled work hours, all southbound traffic will be crossed-over to a single lane on the northbound South Grand Island Bridge. Overhead lane designation signals have been installed to safely direct motorists over the bridge while maintaining a single lane in both directions.
This project is in the final phase of a two-year, $14 million dollar rehabilitation contract. Work in 2013 includes deck joint repairs, a new overlay for the entire driving surface and the installation of a movable barrier gate at the south approach of the South Bridges. In 2012, contractors installed lane designation signals, navigation lighting and bridge lighting on both the northbound and southbound South Grand Island Bridges.
The South Grand Island Bridges carry more than 80,000 vehicles every day between the months of March and October. The southbound span was opened in 1935 and acquired by the New York State Thruway Authority in October, 1950. The southbound bridge deck was first rehabilitated in 1963 and then again in 1989.