Safety Improvement Project Completed on New York Thruway

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Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017 8:06 pm | Updated: 2:30 pm, Wed Dec 6, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A $6.7 million safety improvement project on the New York State Thruway in Cheektowaga is now complete. The auxiliary lane extension and noise barrier wall project improves both safety and traffic flow in the historically high-volume area, with an average of 116,800 vehicles each day. The project was completed on-time and on-budget.

"This corridor is a major artery for millions of New Yorkers each year, and this project improves safety, reduces congestion and helps to drive economic growth in Western New York," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Across New York, we are investing in critical transportation infrastructure to ensure resiliency and viability for future generations."

Work on the project, located on the New York State Thruway between exit 51 and exit 50A, began in October 2016. As part of the project, crews constructed a new auxiliary lane and on-ramp, making it easier for traffic to merge while exiting to Cleveland Drive or I-290 westbound. Along with road improvements, a new wooden noise barrier fence was constructed on both the eastbound and westbound side of the I-90 between exits 51 and 50A.

"By reinvesting toll dollars, we are improving safety and congestion on one of the most traveled sections of the Thruway," said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. "The Thruway continues to be one of the safest superhighways in the nation and by extending the auxiliary lane between exits 51 and 50A, motorists will enjoy a smoother traffic flow, creating a safe and reliable roadway.

The work, performed by Oakgrove Construction, Inc. of Elma, N.Y., was completed in accordance with the requirements of Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers during highway and bridge projects across the state.

Since 2016, the Thruway Authority has awarded contracts that will result in nearly 1,000 lane miles of highway improvements along its 570-mile system.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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