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For immediate release: March 15, 2013
Contact:  Richard Keane (716) 635-6212

THRUWAY TO CONTINUE WITH SOUTH GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECT STARTING SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Additional work southbound on the Niagara Thruway (I-190) South Grand Island Bridge will continue during night-time and late night hours starting Sunday, March 17, the New York State Thruway Authority announced today.

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 until its expected completion date in 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.  

To receive TRANSalert emails with information on Thruway traffic incidents and other timely information that may affect travel on the Grand Island Bridges, go to: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml.

To see real-time webcam views of the bridges and their approaches, go to:
http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=cameras.

To see an interactive map including Google traffic conditions for the Thruway and other roadways in New York State and beyond, go to: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=traffic.

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