CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A year-long $6.7 million project is expected to improve the I-90 in Cheektowaga.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the safety-improving project on Thursday.
In a nutshell, work will be done to make an auxiliary lane extension and create a wooden noise barrier fence. The project is expected to improve safety and traffic flow, as that area usually has a high volume of traffic.
“These improvements will provide an improved, streamlined and less congested experience for the thousands of motorists in Western New York who rely on the Thruway,” Cuomo said. “In line with our Drivers First Initiative, the project will minimize disruptions to traffic and ensure maximum safety and efficiency during construction.”
Crews will begin removing trees and shrubbery between exits 51 and 50A this month.
As a result of the project, the “lane drop” that makes traffic merge left and then right if exiting to Cleveland Dr. or I-290 WB, will be eliminated. A new auxiliary lane and on-ramp will be constructed.
“I applaud the New York State Thruway Authority for installing a noise barrier along both sides of the I-90 between Route 33 and Cleveland Drive,” Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said. “The I-90 is a major gateway into Cheektowaga and the Buffalo metro area, but we need to ensure that the quality of life for those residents living along the Thruway is taken into consideration as well. With this project, drivers on the I-90 will receive much needed relief from congestion and residents living next to the Thruway will receive the peace of mind that they deserve. This is a win-win for all involved.”