TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) -Your commute could soon get a little longer if you travel Interstate 290 by Delaware Avenue and Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda. Crews are set to begin construction this week on four bridges, two over Delaware Avenue and two over Military Road. The project will last for the rest of the summer, and will replace existing bridge decks, sidewalks and curbs. It will also involve the installation of new wheelchair ramps in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.
The project will require crews to block several on-and off-ramps to I-290 beginning on Friday, April 24th:
- I-290 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction by Exits 1A and 1B (Delaware Ave). Speed limits will be reduced to 45 MPH.
- I-290 westbound Exit 1A will be closed. All traffic from Interstate 290 westbound to Delaware Avenue should use Exit 1B.
- The Delaware Avenue ramps to Interstate 290 westbound will be closed. A detour will be in effect.
- The on-ramps from Knoche Road/Elmwood Avenue, and from Delaware Avenue southbound, to I-290 eastbound will be closed. Motorists will be directed to travel along Knoche Road to Delaware Avenue to access Interstate 290 eastbound.
- Temporary detour ramps and traffic signals will control traffic on Delaware Avenue. Delaware Avenue southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound traffic will need to enter in the left lane.
The changes are expected to occur on Friday, April 24th at 7pm, with temporary traffic signals going into place on Thursday, April 23rd. Commuters should allow for extra travel time and expect delays on this section of I-290. The New York State Department of Transportation reminds motorists that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones.