For immediate release: October 25, 2013
Contact: Richard Keane (716) 481-6979
NIGHTLY CLOSURES OF SOUTHBOUND
SOUTH GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE FINISHED
Bridge Work Moves To Final Phase
The nightly closures on the I-190 southbound South Grand Island Bridge have concluded, the New York State Thruway Authority announced today.
While work on the bridge continues, the contractor will use shoulder closures on I-190 until construction on the movable barrier in the south-crossover is completed. This work is scheduled for day-time with expected completion time of mid-November.
This project was conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Governor’s Driver’s First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are as minimal as possible for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.
The Southbound Bridge project was done at a cost of $14 million and is part of $170 million in capital spending in Thruway's Buffalo Division this year.
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 again in 1989 and now in 2013.
Thruway travelers are encouraged to visit www.Thruway.ny.gov for real-time traffic updates.
Motorists can also sign up for TRANSAlert emails regarding thruway traffic conditions at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml or follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.
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.