(WBNG Binghamton) New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced that the closure of the New York State Thruway in Western New York has been expanded and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has closed additional roadways in the area due to extreme winter weather conditions.
“With the ongoing effects of extreme winter weather impacting Western and Central New York, the state has closed additional roads in order to ensure the safety of residents and travelers,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the storm continues, I strongly encourage all New Yorkers in the area to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay warm indoors.”
According to a news release from Cuomo's office:
The Thruway (I-90) is closed in both directions from Exit 46 (Rochester/Corning/ I-390) to the Pennsylvania State Line.
Flooding due to an ice jam on the Niagara River has led to the following closures in Niagara Falls: Robert Moses Parkway south ramp to the LaSalle Expressway; The LaSalle Expressway west at the Robert Moses Parkway; and the Robert Moses Parkway north at Buffalo Avenue.
Motorists to Pennsylvania and points west should exit the Thruway at exit 46 (Henrietta) to I-390 southbound and then to I-86 westbound into Pennsylvania. Eastbound travelers in Pennsylvania should exit at I-86 eastbound and then continue north on I-390 to the Thruway in Henrietta.
The Niagara Thruway (I-190) is closed both directions from I-90 to I-290. Motorists traveling south on I-190 will have to exit at I-290 (Exit 16). Motorists traveling westbound on I-290 will only be allowed to travel north on I-190. The southbound ramp to I-190 will be closed.
The New York State Department of Transportation has also closed several roads in Western New York.
NY Route 62 is closed in both directions from Hickox Road in Hamburg to Shadagee Road in Eden; NY Route 219 is closed in both directions between NY Route 39 in Springville and I-90 in Lackawanna; NY Route 400 is closed in both directions from NY Route 16 in East Aurora to Seneca Street in West Seneca, NY; Route 75 is closed in both directions from NY Route 62 to NY Route 249; and NY Route 5 (Buffalo Skyway) is closed in both directions between I-190 and Tifft Street.
In Central New York, I-81 is now closed in both directions between exit 34 and the Canadian border.
All closures will remain in place until further notice and motorists are encouraged to refrain from traveling during this winter weather event.