For Immediate Release: 11/14/18
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TRAVELER ADVISORY: THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES WEEKEND CLOSURE ON SOUTH GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE ON NIAGARA THRUWAY (I-190)
Southbound South Grand Island Bridge to Close Beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19
Southbound Traffic Will Be Shifted into Single Lane Configuration on Northbound North Grand Island Bridge
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the southbound South Grand Island Bridge on the Niagara Thruway (I-190) will close beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.
During this scheduled work period, contractors will be using specialized equipment to grind the road surface on the bridge that will increase safety during inclement weather. During the closure, all southbound traffic on I-190 will be shifted into a single lane configuration on the northbound South Grand Island Bridge. Overhead lane designation signals will be used to safely direct traffic over the bridge during this construction period.
Crews will work around the clock during the weekend closure to decrease the number of nightly closures and lane shifts on the South Grand Island Bridge, which directly reduces traffic disruptions while providing a safer experience for the traveling public. Additionally, the southbound South Grand Island Bridge will have a more uniform deck profile and a higher quality, smoother riding surface for motorists once completed.
Work on the South Grand Island Bridge is scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 16 at 8p.m with alternating lane closures.
All work is weather dependent.
Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to consider alternate routes during the scheduled closure. Variable Message Signs (VMS) are illuminated to advise motorists of traffic patterns and potential stoppages.
Motorists are urged to be alert and follow the posted work zone speed limits.
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go.
Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, here. For real-time updates, motorists can follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter or visit www.thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways.
The Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding while this important improvement project takes place.