Downtown motorists were treated to a pleasant surprise on Thursday as the southern stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway reopened to traffic in both directions.

The new roundabout entrance to the Robert Moses Parkway at John B. Daly Boulevard was set to officially open to traffic today — just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off to the tourist season in the Falls.

The New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation announced the opening of the roundabout, part of the “Riverway” Project, in a Wednesday email.

The re-opened roadway will allow for vehicular access to the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park and on the southbound lanes of the Robert Moses Parkway between John B. Daly Boulevard and Interstate I-190.

Motorists are advised to continue to exercise caution in this area, given the new roundabout traffic pattern and the continuation of construction activities through June 2016. 

Motorists are also 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’s license.

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