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For Immediate Release: 11/30/18

Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov 

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF PHASE ONE OF $66.4 MILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT ON NYS THRUWAY IN WESTERN NEW YORK

I-90 Between Lackawanna Toll Barrier and NY Route 400 Returned To Regular Traffic Configuration

Phase Two Improvement Project to Continue in Spring 2019

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the completion of phase one of the $66.4 million infrastructure improvement project on the Thruway mainline (I-90) between the Lackawanna Toll Barrier and NY Route 400. All eastbound and westbound sections have been returned to their regular traffic patterns ahead of the upcoming winter season.

As announced earlier this year, the two year, $66.4 million project began in April with the first stage of re-construction on five bridges and 3.1 miles of roadway along one of the busiest sections of the Thruway, that carries more than 130,000 motorists daily.

“The completion of phase one of this major infrastructure project demonstrates the Thruway Authority’s continued commitment to reinvesting toll dollars into our roadway to maintain the high level of safety and reliability that our customers have come to expect from us,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. “When fully completed next year, the tens of thousands of motorists that travel this section each day will be able to enjoy a smooth, safe ride for many years to come.”

During phase one of the project, the westbound lanes of I-90 were repaved with a combination of concrete reconstruction, asphalt full depth repairs and a section of mill and fill.  Approximately one mile of concrete work was poured between the Ridge Road Exit and the Lackawanna Toll Barrier. Another 700 feet of full depth asphalt was added under the Ridge Road overpass and the remaining 1.5 mile section from Ridge Road to NY Route 400 received a new mill and fill asphalt driving surface.

Additionally, five bridges were either rehabilitated or replaced. The Thruway bridges include:

  • Seneca Street (milepost 428.37) - Complete reconstruction including a new bridge deck.
  • Cazenovia Creek (milepost 428.56) - Steal and joint repairs and a new riding surface.
  • Potters Road (milepost 428.84) - Complete reconstruction including a new bridge deck.
  • Smokes Creek (milepost 429.78) - Steel repairs, new bearings and new structural deck.
  • The Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge (milepost 430.05) - Bridge completely replaced while reducing the structure from a five span to a two span bridge.

Phase one also included numerous safety upgrades on the westbound section including three new overhead signs, new guiderails and shoulder expansion, along with additional reflective pavement markings to enhance safety.

Some overnight ancillary work may continue through the end of November.

Stage two of this scheduled two year project will begin in Spring of 2019 and focus primarily on the eastbound section of I-90 between the Lackawanna Toll Barrier and NY Route 400. Altered traffic patterns will once again be part of phase two of the project. Information about traffic patterns will be released in the Spring and also be broadcast on Highway Advisory Radio and displayed on Variable Message Signs.

For real-time travel information, motorists are encouraged to download the Thruway’s mobile app which is available on iPhone and Android devices. Travelers can also visit the Thruway Authority’s interactive Traveler Map.

Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway.

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