New York’s Chautauqua County starts $45M pavement rehabilitation and safety project

© Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul

On Monday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state was starting a $45 million pavement revitalization project on the New York State Thruway (I-90) in Chautauqua County.

The project, part of more than $126.1 million in capital improvement projects that are underway within the Thruway Authority’s Buffalo Maintenance Division, will cover nearly 35 miles between NY Route 60 and NY Route 394, as well as vertical clearance improvements for bridges to prevent future bridge hits. Officials said more than 7.8 million vehicles travel that section of Thruway annually.

“New York State continues to invest in rebuilding and improving our infrastructure, ensuring that our roads, bridges, and public transportation systems are safe, reliable, and efficient for all residents and visitors,” Hochul said. “This project is one of many that the Thruway Authority is undertaking aimed at improving the daily lives of New Yorkers while also connecting essential commerce and travelers to principal cities, rural areas, and tourist destinations throughout the Northeast.”

Officials said the project includes full and partial depth repairs between milepost 467 and 485.6 westbound and from milepost 483 t 467 eastbound. Th project will also feature a new asphalt riding surface, and resurfacing of the interchange ramps at exit 59 and exit 60. Additionally, the project will improve vertical clearance on 16 bridge locations to prevent bridge hits. In April, crews repaired a severely damaged portion of Thruway overpass that had been subject to at least three bridge strikes by over-height trucks since January.

“This project is another example of the Thruway Authority’s commitment to reinvesting toll dollars into rebuilding and modernizing the 70-year-old Thruway system,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Frank G. Hoare said. “The investment will lead to a smoother ride and enhance safety for the millions of drivers that travel through this region each year.”

The project is expected to be complete by 2025.