The new bridge that carries state Route 390 over Trolley Boulevard in Gates is complete, making the road underneath open to traffic.
The bridge marks a milestone in Phase II of the ongoing Interstate Highway 390/I-490 interchange improvements from the New York State Department of Transportation.
“We continue to see the benefits of investing in infrastructure in Monroe County and across New York state,” said Paul Karas, NYSDOT acting commissioner. “The ongoing work being done on the I-390/490 interchange will help keep our roads and bridges safe and viable, while significantly enhancing the economic competitiveness of Monroe County and the region.”
The new bridge was constructed using dozens of individual concrete arches. The roadway on Trolley Boulevard was paved and striped. Nearby homes and businesses now are accessible under the bridge after nearly a year of construction.
During construction of the new bridge, motorists along state Route 390 could access at least two lanes by using a lane shift across each direction. Trolley Boulevard was closed to traffic while workers constructed the new bridge underneath the existing structure, which was built in 1967.
“The town of Gates is grateful to have a formerly deteriorating bridge over Trolley Boulevard replaced with a brand new, safe and beautiful bridge,” said Mark Assini, town supervisor.
Phase II of the I-390/I-490 Interchange Improvement Project started in 2017 and is expected to be done by the end of 2019. Work is underway to construct new off-ramps from I-490 westbound and I-390 northbound onto Lyell Avenue along with an on-ramp from Lyell Avenue to state Route 390 northbound, which will lead to a fourth northbound lane. Intersection enhancements along the Lee Road and Lyell Avenue corridor are ongoing.
Improvements to the bridges carrying state Route 390 over the Erie Canal, including the widening of the structures, are expected to be completed in 2019.
“Infrastructure projects are the building blocks of our modern economy, and enhance our mission to grow more jobs and attract new investment to Monroe County,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “The 390/490 interchange is a vital thoroughfare that helps over 200,000 drivers get to work, back home or wherever they may need to go each day.”
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. Drivers should use caution when traveling through the work zone area and pay attention to all traffic control devices, including signs and flaggers.
“This targeted, ongoing investment will strengthen and ensure the long-term vitality of our community’s transportation system, which is essential to the success of our region’s economic resurgence,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-136th District.
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