TOWN OF GRAND ISLAND - A rehabilitation project scheduled to begin this Sunday will lead to a traffic pattern change for evening and late-night users of the southbound South Grand Island Bridge for the next few months.
During a press conference Friday, officials from the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police announced plans to begin additional work on the southbound span.
Crews will begin work on a deck rehabilitation project starting Sunday. State officials said construction will occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every Sunday through Thursday until the project's anticipated completion date in October.
During scheduled work hours, state officials said all southbound traffic will be crossed-over to a single lane on the northbound South Grand Island Bridge. Overhead lane designation signals have been installed to direct motorists over the bridge while maintaining a single lane in both directions.
This project is in the final phase of a two-year, $14 million dollar rehabilitation contract. Work in 2013 will include deck joint repairs, a new overlay for the entire driving surface and the installation of a movable barrier gate at the south approach of the south bridges. In 2012, contractors installed lane designation signals, navigation lighting and bridge lighting on both the northbound and southbound South Grand Island Bridges.
The South Grand Island bridges carry more than 80,000 vehicles every day between the months of March and October. The southbound span was opened in 1935 and acquired by the New York State Thruway Authority in 1950. The southbound bridge deck was first rehabilitated in 1963 and then again in 1989.