Niagara Gazette

March 19, 2014

Bridge working shuts down northern portion of Military Road

Bridge work shuts down northern portion of Military Road

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A $41.1 million road construction project in the towns of Lewiston and Niagara is ramping up this week with expectations of causing more than a few headaches for commuters through December 2015.

Work on a trio of bridges along the corridor of roads crossing the New York Power Authority’s reservoir began Monday with the closing of Military Road between Upper Mountain and Witmer roads. The stretch of Route 265 will remain closed throughout the balance of work, with project completion set for August 2016, according to state Department of Transportation regional spokesperson Susan S. Surdej.

Traffic attempting to travel the closed portion of the road will be diverted via posted detours to Interstate-190, which itself is also undergoing bridge work as part of the project.

The project comes as part of the state’s Design-Build Law passed in 2011, which streamlines the process of major infrastructure improvements within the state, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Without the design-build aspect, which is set to expire in 2014, the budge work wouldn’t be ready for another two years, Cuomo said.

Work will include, in addition to the complete rebuild of the three bridges, replacement of approach slabs, repairs to the substructure of the bridges, new guardrail installation and the resurfacing of Military Road between Lewiston and Witmer roads.