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Thruway, I-190 closings posted to accommodate projects

Roadwork will be stepped up this weekend as the Thruway Authority closes section of the Thruway in Cheektowaga and steers traffic along the I-190 away from ongoing construction near the Peace Bridge.

Motorists are being advised that from midnight to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the eastbound and westbound sections of the Thruway between the Niagara Falls exit and the entrance to the Kensington Expressway will be closed to complete the demolition of the Cleveland Drive overpass this weekend. The section also will be closed from midnight to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and from 11 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Work on the overpass project has been ongoing. On April 19, all lanes of the Thruway between the Kensington Expressway and Youngmann Highway exits were closed for three hours for electrical work.

During overnight closings, eastbound traffic on I-90 will be required to exit before the eastbound entrance to the Kensington. Westbound traffic will exit the Thruway before reaching the entrance to the westbound Youngmann Highway.

Meanwhile, the Thruway authority announced that it has scheduled more traffic restrictions near the Peace Bridge, as part of the construction on the New York Gateway Improvement Project at the Peace Bridge Plaza on Buffalo’s West Side.

From midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday, the northbound lanes of the I-190 between the Niagara Street and Peace Bridge Plaza exits will be closed. Traffic will be directed to follow a posted detour route using the Niagara Street exit.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time, and are being reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. As a result of the 2005 Work Zone Safety Act, those convicted of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could face suspension of their driver’s licenses.