New York State Thruway Authority

11/21/2019 | Press release | Archived content

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF $66.4 MILLION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ON NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY IN ERIE COUNTY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $66.4 million infrastructure improvement project on the New York State Thruway (I-90) in Erie County between exit 54 (West Seneca-East Aurora-NY Routes 400 & 16) and the Lackawanna Toll Barriers. The project was completed on time and on budget. The project began in April 2018 and included the reconstruction and rehabilitation of nearly 18 lane miles along one of the busiest sections of the Thruway that carries more than 130,000 motorists daily. Numerous safety upgrades were completed, including new overhead signs, new guiderails and shoulder enhancements and additional pavement markings.

'Strong, reliable transportation infrastructure is key to driving economic development, tourism and travel in our state,' Governor Cuomo said. 'These improvements will not only enhance safety for motorists, they will increase access to communities and local businesses and help keep the Western New York economy moving.'

'We are committed to investing in projects to modernize our transportation infrastructure,' said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. 'The completion of this significant project to upgrade sections of the Thruway in Erie County rehabilitated one of the busiest areas of the highway to ease congestion and improve public safety in Western New York.'

Five bridges were either rehabilitated or replaced as part of the project. The Thruway bridges include:

  • Seneca Street (milepost 428.37) - Complete reconstruction including a new bridge deck.
  • Cazenovia Creek (milepost 428.56) - Steel 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 was replaced while reducing the structure from a five span to a two span bridge, improving travel

Construction was completed by Oakgrove Construction of Elma, NY.

Since 2013 the Thruway Authority has invested $475 million in infrastructure projects in the Western New York region.

Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, 'Reinvesting toll dollars into our roadway's infrastructure enhances safety and improves rideability for the thousands of motorists who travel the Thruway every day. This project is one of many that demonstrate Governor Cuomo's commitment to infrastructure investment in New York State.'

Senator Patrick Gallivan said, 'Maintaining reliable roads and bridges is critical to public safety and our economy. We all rely on our infrastructure to get to work, school and other destinations. Thousands of motorists use this busy stretch of the Thruway every day and it plays a vital role in commerce and economic development. I am pleased to see this project completed on time and on budget.'

Senator Tim Kennedy, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee said, 'In order to strengthen our infrastructure statewide, New York needs to invest in projects that prioritize economic growth, efficiency, and long-term security and accessibility. This project is an example of that very type of investment, and I'm pleased to see the Thruway has completed these improvements on time and with the safety of New Yorkers in mind.'

Assembly Member Pat Burke said, 'My constituents and I are grateful that the work has come to completion and we will now have a more expeditious trip to and from work. I'm glad this project was finished on time and on budget. New York continues to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of its citizens by reinventing in its infrastructure.'

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, 'The improvements to the Thruway near Route 400 and the Lackawanna toll barriers have made for a much smoother and less congested drive for the thousands of motorists who travel that way each day. Completed on time and on budget, this is an investment of over $66 million that travelers will appreciate every day.'