NYS finishes I-90 construction project in Seneca Nation

Four-mile stretch of road in Cattaraugus County upgraded after years of neglect

Mike Baggerman
June 30, 2020 - 1:22 pm
The newly finished construction project on I-90 in Seneca Nation in Cattaraugus County. June 30, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

The newly finished construction project on I-90 in Seneca Nation in Cattaraugus County. June 30, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WBEN) – The New York State Thruway Authority completed the four-mile stretch of I-90 that stretches through the Seneca Nation of Indians territory in Irving.

The $21 million project of the road, long plagued due to years of neglect due to ongoing disputes between the state and Seneca Nation, completed a month early according to the Thruway Authority’s Executive Director, Matt Driscoll.

“This is actually the first major construction that’s taken place in this section since 2003 and 2004,” Driscoll said. “This project was far overdue for sure.”

In addition to the road being built, the Thruway Authority also upgraded the infrastructure such as drainage, new guiderails, striping, and more.

Driscoll credited good weather and fewer cars on the roadway as a reason why the project finished earlier than expected.

The agreement reached between the state and Seneca Nation allows New York to continue work on the roadway as needed in the future.

“I think, more importantly, what it sets is a template for the future,” Driscoll said of the agreement. “We all worked together and came up with a template that I think is a good guiding document for future work when required on the thruway as it traverses through the territory.”

 

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