Thruway improvements in Cheektowaga finished with $6.7 million price tag

Workers construct a noise barrier along the New York State Thruway in Cheektowaga on May 4th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Workers construct a noise barrier along the New York State Thruway in Cheektowaga on May 4th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – A $6.7 million safety improvement project on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Cheektowaga is now complete according to the governor’s office.

The project began in October 2016. As part of the project, workers constructed a new auxiliary lane and on-ramp, making it easier for traffic to merge while exiting to Cleveland Drive or I-290 westbound. Along with road improvements, a new wooden noise barrier fence was constructed on both the eastbound and westbound side of the I-90 between exits 51 and 50A.

“This corridor is a major artery for millions of New Yorkers each year, and this project improves safety, reduces congestion and helps to drive economic growth in Western New York,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The work was performed by Oakgrove Construction, Inc. of Elma.

Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski says the completed project improves quality of life for residents living adjacent to the I-90 and improved safety and traffic flow for the 116,800 motorists who use the highway each day.

“The installation of noise barriers is already bringing peace of mind to residents living adjacent to the Thruway between Route 33 and Cleveland Drive with reduced noise and the relief of no longer having to look at vehicles and traffic on the Thruway,” said Ms. Benczkowski.  “I will continue to work with New York State, as well as the New York State Thruway Authority, to advocate for quality of life issues for residents living along the I-90 within the Town.”