Grand Island, NY

Beaver Island Parkway Bridge Construction to Begin in April

J.M. Lesinski
A shot of the 190 intersection on the 90 in Buffalo, New York.Photo byPhoto by J.M. Lesinski

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the beginning of an $8.3 million project officially replacing the Beaver Island Parkway Bridge over the I-190.

"Grand Island is an integral international gateway for tourism and commercial traffic into New York State, welcoming millions of people from Canada each year," Hochul noted of the project. "By replacing this nearly 70-year-old bridge, the Thruway Authority continues to modernize the state's transportation infrastructure, creating an improved travel experience and easier commutes for New Yorkers."

The Beaver Island Parkway Bridge, located in Grand Island, New York, was originally built in 1954 and sees roughly thirteen thousand vehicles travel across it per day. By the project’s end, travel lanes will be widened, vertical clearance will be increased, and a new guiderail will be installed.

"The Beaver Island Parkway Bridge, like many other bridges on our roadway, is original to the Thruway system and is in need of replacement,” remarked Thruway Authority Interim Executive Director Frank Hoare of the project. “Motorists are seeing their toll dollars at work with infrastructure projects such as this one, reinvesting toll revenue back into the maintenance and long-term viability of our system. Addressing aging infrastructure is a top priority, and motorists will enjoy an improved travel experience on the new bridge once the project is complete."

Construction begins April 3 and will close the exit 18B (Beaver Island State Park) ramp from I-190 northbound, with a detour directing local traffic to exit 19 at Whitehaven Road to access I-190 northbound or southbound.

"The Beaver Island State Parkway bridge serves as a vital arterial for Grand Island residents, and over the years, its condition has worsened with usage,” New York State Senator Tim Kennedy stated of the project. “After asking the Thruway to expedite its replacement project, I was pleased to see the Authority prioritize these repairs and incorporate public feedback into substantial improvements. This project is not only an investment in Western New York's infrastructure, but in the people who call Grand Island home."

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