Bridge connecting Erie and Cattaraugus Counties being replaced

CONCORD, N.Y. (WIVB) — Work to replace the South Cascade Drive-Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek has begun, according to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll.

“The South Cascade Drive-Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek is an important part of the transportation network serving southern Erie and Cattaraugus counties,” Commissioner Driscoll said. “The replacement of this bridge will ensure safe and convenient travel between the two counties for many years to come and I thank Governor Cuomo for working with us to find a solution to keep this bridge open.”

The bridge spans from Concord, Erie County to Ashford, Cattaraugus County.

The new bridge will be built in the same alignment of the existing bridge, completely replacing it.

Altogether, the replacement project will cost $16.9 million.

The project is set to follow Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Drivers First initiatives to have the least amount of impact possible on motorists.

“The replacement of the South Cascade-Miller Road Bridge is a crucial infrastructure upgrade for the rural communities in Southern Erie County. This new bridge will ensure the economic viability of the region for generations to come,” said Congressman Chris Collins.

During the time of construction, traffic will still be able to travel on the northbound portion of US Route 219 Expressway. Expressway traffic will only carry one lane in each direction.

Temporary crossovers will be put in place on Route 219 north of South Cascade Drive and near Peters Road. Temporary ramps will be placed at Schwartz Road and South Cascade Drive. Local truck traffic will need to follow detours using Peters Road and Routes 219 and 39.

The project is expected to be finished in Fall of 2017.

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