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Three Thruway projects to impact traffic

1:45 p.m.: The road construction season has begun, and the New York Thruway Authority has several big projects in the works that will impact area drivers.

Here's a run-down of three major Thruway projects you will see this year:

SOUTH GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE: The northbound span of the south Grand Island bridge will close Sunday through Thursday nights starting next month so that work can continue to rehabilitate the bridge. 

Between April 5 and May 26, the bridge will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Northbound traffic will be rerouted onto the southbound bridge at 35 mph. Traffic will flow in one lane in either direction.

Later in the season, the bridge will close during the following times:

- From June 1 to Sept. 1, the northbound bridge is scheduled to close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

- From Sept. 7 to Oct. 28, the northbound bridge will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

See more details about the traffic management plan on the New York State Thruway Authority's South Grand Island Bridge rehabilitation Web site.

The project will replace the concrete bridge deck, barrier and sidewalk on the northbound span of the south Grand Island bridge. It is part of a two-year, $48.2 million project to rehabilitate the South Grand Island Bridges in the towns of Grand Island and Tonawanda. 

See video of work that has already started:

I-90: The mainline section between Hamburg and Silver Creek will see one of the largest singular projects the Thruway Authority has ever done in Western New York this summer.

Thomas E. Pericak, Buffalo division director of the New York State Thruway Authority, said an estimated $100 million pavement and bridge rehabilitation project will be bid in mid-April.

The work will address a 13-mile stretch of the Thruway. The project is expected to begin in June and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

I-190: The Niagara Section of the Thruway between I-90 and Ontario Street will be closed for about six weekends starting April 16 for a paving rehabilitation project, Pericak said.

Work started last year on the northbound lanes of the section and will finish up this year primarily on the southbound lanes.

Pericak said weekend closures from Friday nights to Monday mornings are scheduled to begin April 16.

ALERTS: The Thruway Authority will provide updated information about project changes through its Web site and the TRANSalerts e-mail system. Regional traveler information is also available from the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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