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For Immediate Release: 11/21/17

Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 |


Deck Overlay Improvement Project Included New Driving Surface and Other Safety-Related Enhancements

Project Completed Ahead of Schedule and Will Positively Impact the Approximately 10.6 Million Motorists Who Drive the Bridge Each Year

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the $8.4 million bridge rehabilitation project on the northbound North Grand Island Bridge on the Niagara Thruway (I-190) is now complete. The project was completed ahead of schedule and included various bridge improvements and safety upgrades.

“The Thruway Authority is dedicated to reinvesting toll dollars back into our infrastructure and the early completion of this critical project demonstrates our continued commitment to improving motorists’ driving experience all along the Niagara Frontier,” said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. “This bridge is a vital transportation connector for Grand Island residents and tourists from around the world, as well as an economic engine both nationally and internationally.”

The deck overlay project included concrete deck repairs, installation of new bridge joints, and a new polyester concrete overlay on the bridge’s deck. In September, a weekend closure of the northbound North Grand Island Bridge allowed the project’s contractor, Oakgrove Construction of Elma, NY, to perform one continuous pour of concrete, providing a more uniform deck profile and a higher quality, smoother riding surface for motorists.

The project was completed in accordance with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.

Since 2012, the Thruway Authority has reinvested more than $79.6 million into the Grand Island Bridges, including deck replacement on the southbound North Grand Island Bridge in 2015 and additional safety-related bridge repairs and improvements. In August, Governor Cuomo announced high-speed open road, cashless tolling will begin at the Grand Island toll barriers in March of 2018. Work on phase one of the transition to cashless tolling on Grand Island began in October 2017.

In 2016, approximately 10.6* million vehicles, or an average of 29,000 vehicles a day, traveled the northbound North Grand Island Bridge which connects Grand Island to Niagara Falls.

*Northbound North Grand Island Bridge. (In 2016, 27.3 million vehicles traveled over both the North and South Grand Island Bridges.)


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