Here We Go Again on the 290

Construction Starting on Phase 2 of those Bridges

Allan Harris
March 20, 2019 - 3:29 pm

(WBEN)  Last year we had to deal with slowdowns and delays on the 290 east as the State DOT worked to replace two of the bridges between Delaware and Colvin. That work caused numerous accidents along the 290 east by Elmwood. Now with the sun shining and the weeather turning to spring they have announced they are beginning wwork on the opposite side, the 290 west. Below is the official announcement:

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced that the second phase of construction will begin on a $6.7 million project to replace the two Interstate 290 bridges over the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) corridor in the town of Tonawanda in Erie County.

The I-290 corridor is a very important commuter and commercial route between Interstate 90 and Interstate 190, with heavy commercial shopping, businesses and SUNY Buffalo in the vicinity.

The overall project began in 2018 and involves replacing two bridges, including the eastbound and westbound structures carrying Interstate 290 over the NFTA corridor, between Delaware Avenue and Colvin Boulevard. The original precast concrete bridges were built in 1965. The first phase of the project, completed in fall 2018, replaced the eastbound bridge with a new steel bridge.

The existing westbound structure will be closed and replaced with a new steel bridge during the 2019 construction season. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction on Interstate 290 beginning on March 26, 2019. A temporary bridge will accommodate traffic during construction. The multi-use path under the Interstate 290 bridge will remain in its current location with slight variations during construction to ensure safety.

The on-ramp from Colvin Boulevard to Interstate 290 westbound will be closed for the 2019 construction season beginning on March 27, 2019, to facilitate the bridge replacement. Ramp traffic will be detoured along Colvin Boulevard, Brighton Road, Delaware Avenue and onto Interstate 290 westbound via the Delaware Avenue on-ramp.

Project construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “State and federal investments are supporting the second phase of upgrades to this over 50-year-old structure that supports a major corridor important to Tonawanda residents and commuters traveling to and from the northtowns.”

State Senator Chris Jacobs said, “Tackling our aging infrastructure in Western New York is one of my main priorities. Replacing these 50-year-old bridges on the I-290 in Tonawanda is a major step in the right direction.”

Assemblyman Robin L. Schimminger said, “I am pleased that the DOT’s project to replace the outdated I-290 bridges in the Town of Tonawanda has been progressing as planned, with the first phase having yielded excellent results late last year. This is a matter of public safety that ensures that the Rails to Trails pathway in the town remains safe for all to use, in addition to improving our highways for motorists.”

Motorists 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 license

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