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For Immediate Release: June 13, 2006

WILLIAMSVILLE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AVAILABLE ONLINE
Authority to Hold Formal Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 11

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced that the Williamsville Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is now available on the Authority’s website and in a number of locations in Western New York.

“From the beginning, we have strongly encouraged the public to share their ideas and opinions with us about this project,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “Continued community involvement throughout this process will help to ensure the preparation of a complete Final Environmental Impact Statement, and will play an important role in the selection of the preferred project alternative that best serves the needs of the area.”

The DEIS identifies the preferred alternative, which is to relocate the barrier from its present location to the Town of Newstead, Erie County, between Interchanges 48A and 49. The proposed new facility would be located between North Millgrove Road and South Newstead Road in the Town of Newstead.

The DEIS is posted on the Authority’s website at www.nysthruway.gov. Simply click on “Williamsville Improvements” under “Projects and Studies.” Once on the project website, please click on “Project Draft EIS.”

In addition, complete sets of the seven-volume Williamsville Toll Barrier Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (WTB DEIS), including a CD copy of the document, are available for reviewing and copying through the following repository sites: the Alden Town Clerk’s Office and Alden Ewell Free Library; the Amherst Town Clerk’s Office; the Cheektowaga Town Clerk’s Office and Cheektowaga Public Library Anna M. Reinstein Branch; the Clarence Town Clerk’s Office and Clarence Public Library; the Lancaster Town Clerk’s Office and Lancaster Public Library; the Newstead Town Clerk’s Office and Newstead Public Library; the Pembroke Town Clerk’s Office and Corfu Free Library; the Williamsville Branch- Amherst Public Library; the Thruway Authority Buffalo Division Offices; and Leo W. O'Brien Federal Building in Albany, New York.

On May 24, 2006, the Authority attended an informal public Open House at the Erie Community College – North Campus to discuss the preferred relocation plans for the Williamsville Toll Barrier with residents and local officials.

In accordance with Federal Regulations and Article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, the Authority will host a formal Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at the Akron Central High School, 47 Bloomingdale Avenue, Akron, New York 14001, starting at 7 p.m. To provide the public with additional information and an opportunity to speak with Authority representatives, an informal Open House will be held at the same location and date from 5-7 p.m. preceding the formal Public Hearing.

DIRECTIONS: From Thruway Interchange 48A (Pembroke, Medina, Route 77), turn left at Alleghany Road go approximately 1.6 miles, turn left at Akron Road and go approximately 3.4 miles, Akron Road will turn into Indian Falls Road, continue on Indian Falls Road and go approximately 0.8 miles, turn right at East Ave and go approximately 1 mile, turn right at Townsend Street and go approximately 0.2 miles, turn right at Bloomingdale Avenue and go approximately 0.2 miles.

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