For Immediate Release: 05/14/18
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THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES START OF BRIDGE REMOVAL PROJECT IN THE TOWN OF HAMBURG
Updated Design Removes Bridge to Create New Streamlined Intersection at Exit 57 and NY Route 75
Project Includes Upgraded Safety Features and Pedestrian Improvements
View Renderings of the Project Here
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the start of construction on a $4.5 million renovation project at exit 57 (Hamburg) on the Thruway (I-90) in Erie County, which involves the removal of the Thruway bridge over Camp Road (NY Route 75), and the creation of a road-level T-intersection with a traffic light. The new design is expected to improve traffic flow and safety on Camp Road (NY Route 75) to streamline the way motorists enter and exit the Thruway (I-90) at exit 57 (Hamburg).
“Creating an intersection at this location is a win-win for motorists and the community,” Thruway Authority Acting Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “We’re modernizing the infrastructure at exit 57 (Hamburg) by removing the bridge, and making access to the Thruway and Camp Road even easier. The safety improvements and accommodations for pedestrians will benefit everyone in the area.”
The Thruway bridge over Camp Road (NY Route 75) was constructed in 1957 and needed extensive rehabilitation to remain in service. Thruway Authority engineers determined it was more cost-effective to remove the bridge and create a new intersection, where motorists can access the Thruway (I-90) or continue traveling on Camp Road (NY Route 75).
Along with the removal of the bridge and creation of the T-intersection, crews will reconstruct Toll Plaza Road, upgrade safety features such as new pavement markings and signage, and improve safety for pedestrians by creating wider lanes, shoulders and sidewalks.
Union Concrete & Construction Corporation of West Seneca, NY was awarded the project. Construction will be overseen by the Thruway Authority as lead agency, and work will be conducted in collaboration with the New York State Department of Transportation.
“By improving safety for motorists and pedestrians while making traffic flow more efficient, the reconstruction of Exit 57 will greatly benefit the local community as well as visitors to the area,” New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said. “Governor Cuomo has made travel efficiency a priority on all construction projects and we look forward to working with our partners at the Thruway Authority to deliver the project with minimal traffic impacts.”
The project has been designed in compliance with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative, which ensures construction will have the least possible impact on motorists.
Work will be completed in two phases, which will include altered traffic patterns during the construction.
Traffic information will be broadcast on Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) and displayed on Variable Message Signs (VMS). Construction is expected to be complete in late 2018.
Motorists can view renderings of the project on the Thruway Authority’s website.
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