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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2004

NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY
LAUNCHES BUFFALO CORRIDOR STUDY WEBSITE

The New York State Thruway Authority and the State Department of Transportation today unveiled a newly designed, user-friendly website for the Buffalo Corridor Study. The new site, outlining the plan to address structural, safety, and operational needs for this section of the Interstate Highway System over the next 30 years, can be accessed at www.thruway.ny.gov/studies/buffalo/.

“The Thruway Authority, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is conducting a Corridor Study on the Thruway (I-90) near Buffalo, Erie County,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer. “The newly designed site will allow the public to easily access information pertaining to the Corridor Study, as well as provide contact information should visitors have additional questions.”

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joseph H. Boardman said, “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Pataki, and our partners at the Thruway Authority, we are undertaking this study to investigate the future needs of these important regional highways in an effort to enhance safety, reduce congestion, and improve mobility and reliability. We invite the traveling public to log onto the Corridor Study web site and review information pertaining to this effort.”

The site includes an overview of the study, a study area map, frequently asked questions, opportunities for getting involved and press releases. The website is now up and running and can be accessed at the link provided above, or by going directly to the Thruway’s home page under “Projects and Studies.”

In addition, customers interested in contacting the Authority with comments, suggestions and feedback can use the “Contacting the Thruway Authority” form located on the “Contact Us” page or call the Authority at (518) 436-2703. Comments may also be sent to the New York State Thruway Authority, Attention: Anthony Longe, Department of Planning Services, 200 Southern Boulevard, P.O. Box 189 Albany, NY, 12201-0189.

The Buffalo Corridor Study will be conducted between Interchanges 49 (Transit Road) and 53 (I-190) and on the Youngman Expressway (I-290) between (I-90) and Interchange 7 (Main Street).

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