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Work to start this weekend on I-290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard

Motorists may have to grit their teeth and search for a detour this weekend as a section of a well-traveled route in the Town of Tonawanda is prepared for a little bridge work.

Maintenance work will start Saturday on the Interstate 290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard, otherwise known as Route 425.

From about 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, there will likely be lane closures on the eastbound section of the span, between the Delaware Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard exits. State transportation department officials said motorists who travel the route should to encounter expect slow traffic and are advised to allow for additional travel time.

Officials added that this work planned for the bridge is weather-sensitive and will be delayed in the event of inclement weather.

Work on the bridge was scheduled to take place over the weekend in order to avoid peak travel volumes that occur during the weekday commute.

Those who do travel the route are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license, state transportation department officials said.

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