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Busy Summer for Erie County Road Crews

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Tis the season for detours, orange traffic cones, and delays.

An aggressive plan is set for $34 million in road projects across Erie County roads ,  with at least another $13 million beginning on major state roads this week.

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  Susan Surdej,NYS Dept. of Transportation
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Route 33 /Kensington Expressway

Daily and overnight lane closures are scheduled to continue next Monday, July 8 thru Friday, July 12 on NY Route 33, the Kensington Expressway as follows:
NY Route 33 Westbound (Inbound)
NY Route 33 westbound (inbound) between Suffolk Street and East Delevan Avenue will have daily lane closures Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and nightly lane closures from 7:00 p.m. until 7: 00 a.m.
NY Route 33 Eastbound (Outbound)
NY Route 33 eastbound (outbound), between Tupper Street & Elm Street and Hospital Drive, will have daily lane closures Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and nightly lane closures from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.

The highway improvement project includes resurfacing the Kensington Expressway from the Elm-Oak arterial to NY Route 240 (Harlem Road).  The on and off ramps on this six mile stretch of expressway will also be resurfaced.  Drainage improvements will be made, and the traffic signs on the expressway will be replaced.  

Interstate 290

in the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, Erie County, to allow for highway paving. Monday, July 8 thru Wednesday, July 10
Beginning on Monday, July 8 through Wednesday, July 10, Interstate 290 westbound between Interstate 990 and Interstate 190 will be subject to lane closures from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
Thursday July 11
On Thursday, July 11, Interstate 290 eastbound between Interstate 190 and NY Route 384 (Delaware Avenue) will be subject to lane closures beginning at 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. to allow for highway paving.

 Friday, July 12
     On Friday, July 12, the Interstate 190 northbound ramp to Interstate 290 eastbound, as well as the Grand Island Boulevard (NY Route 324) ramp to Interstate 190 northbound and Interstate 290 eastbound, will be closed to all traffic at 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.  A posted detour will direct traffic.

Transit Road/ NYS Rt. 78  Depew

Culvert and drainage repair. intermittent lane closures will occur beginning on Monday, July 8 thru Friday, July 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  between George Urban Boulevard and French Road, in both directions. 
Then, beginning on Monday, July 15, NY Route 78, between George Urban Boulevard and French Road, will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and access to and from Columbia Avenue and Olmstead Avenue from NY Route 78, Transit Road, will be closed to all traffic.  Temporary barriers will be in place.  These lane and access closures are expected to last for 4-6 weeks.   

Route 400/Aurora Expressway
 Nortbound Off Ramp to Union Road - CLOSED- Detour in Place via Seneca Street Exit
Work is underway  a $2 million project to replace the bridge deck on the NY Route 400 (Aurora Expressway) northbound access ramps to and from NY Route 277 (Union Road)

Skyway Bridge/ NYS Rte. 5
Various lane restrictions during repairs done on off-peak hours

Erie County Roads:   Kenmore Ave., Millersport Highway, Youngs Road, East Robinson Rd.

Erie County's public works commissioner hopes the weather will cooperate for the projects he's planning this summer

"One of the biggest (projects) is East Robinson Road from Sweet Home to North French," says Public Works Commissioner John Loffredo.

"Hopefully Kenmore Road will be started this summer, Youngs Road from Wehrle to Main Street, and Eggert Road from Main to Millersport are part of the series of projects we've got ahead." The projects range from total road reconstruction and widening to overlay and what's called stone and oiling along rural roads.

Loffredo says drivers are cooperative this time of year, but Mother Nature is not always. "The funding was in place early this year, but the weather has not. We got little rain last year, and this year seems to be making up for it," notes Loffredo. "If we get an early winter, it will put us further behind, but we'll do as much as we can done this year."

07/08/2013 8:12AM
Busy Summer for Erie County Road Crews
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07/11/2013 11:23PM
Good job with the night work
Thank you for the work to be done at night. The 290 has been progressing nicely with minimal problems thanks to the work being scheduled at night.
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