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March 16, 2013

Work to slow Grand Island Bridge traffic

Tonawanda News — The last phase of a two-year project on the Grand Island Bridge will begin on Sunday, sending southbound traffic into a single lane each night for much of the summer. 

The work will be focused on deck rehabilitation, according to Thruway officials, shutting down part of the roadway from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every Thursday through Sunday. The final phase of the $14 million project will include deck joint repairs, a new overlay for the the driving surface and the installation of a moveable barrier gate near the entrance to the South Grand Island bridges. 

Members of the New York State Thruway Authority and state police made the announcement on Friday in a parking lot not far from where the work will ensue. The project is a result of Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo’s “Driver’s First” initiative focuses on better informing the public about disruptions on state controlled highways and bridge projects in order to ease delays, according to officials. 

Overhead lane designation signals will be installed to direct motorists over the bridge, maintaining a single lane in both directions. In 2012, work included the installation of lane designations signals and navigation and bridge lighting on both the north and south Grand Island bridges. 

The South Grand Island bridges carry more than 80,000 vehicles each day from March through October, statistics show. The southbound span first opened in 1935, and was later moved under the state Thruway Authority in 1950. Rehabilitation projects also took place on the bridge in 1963 and 1989. 

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