Last week Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announcement that construction will begin next month on a project to replace four bridge decks on Interstate 490 in Monroe County. The work is part of a $13.8 million contract funded through the NY Works program. The project meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.
The bridges carry eastbound and westbound I-490 over Chili Center Coldwater Road (Route 386) in Chili and eastbound and westbound I-490 over Route 204 (Airport Expressway) in Gates. During construction, a 2.5-mile stretch of I-490 will be reduced from two lanes to a single lane in each direction between Paul Road in Chili and Buffalo Road in Gates. Traffic from one side of the highway will be crossed over the center median to use the opposite side of the highway. All traffic will use the eastbound bridges during the first phase of the project while the westbound bridge decks are removed and replaced. Traffic will be shifted to the westbound side during the second phase, as construction occurs on the eastbound bridges. Construction on the first phase of the project will begin in April and last into August. The entrance ramp from Chili Center Coldwater Road to I-490 eastbound will be closed. A detour will be posted directing drivers to take Chili Center Coldwater Road to Westside Drive to Coldwater Road (Route 386) to Buffalo Road (Route 33) to access I-490. All other entrance and exit ramps will remain open while the first phase is under construction.
Rochester Senator Joe Robach said, “Not only will this project provide upgrades to our infrastructure and provide for safer transportation for drivers, but it will also provide a boost in employment opportunities in our community. As this project gets underway in April and continues through November, it provides opportunities for hard-working men and women who are looking to get back into the construction workforce.”