One of Western New York's major thoroughfares is about to see a long-overdue facelift.

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The stretch of The Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway between Buffalo and Rochester, more commonly known in these parts as "The 90", sees its fair share of motorists each year.  According to New York State, over 14.6 million of them travel the stretch of the 90 between Rochester and Buffalo each year.

In addition to the 14.6 million motorists that travel that stretch of road each year comes the harsh Western New York winter weather.  Years of snow and ice, along with the plows, salt, and chemicals used to treat it, have left the ole' 90 in need of some TLC.

New York State and Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that over 100 lane miles of the New York State Thruway between Exit 47 in Genesee County (Rochester - LeRoy - I-490 - NY Route 19) to beyond exit 48A in Erie County (Pembroke - Medina - NY Route 77) will undergo a paving project that will resurface the heavily traveled stretch of road.

Governor Hochul said via a press release:

As the gateway to Western New York, this 26-mile section of the Thruway is a vital corridor for commuters, tourists, and commercial traffic and is an engine for local economies. New York is building back stronger from the pandemic and delivering a state-of-the-art, 21st-century infrastructure worthy of New Yorkers and domestic and international guests.

The project will include resurfacing the thruway between Rochester and Pembroke, as well as the on- and off-ramps at exit 47 and exit 48, as well as the exit 47 Commuter Park and Ride lot.  This stretch of the thruway handles over 40,000 motorists every day.

The $46 million dollar project expects to wrap up sometime in the summer of 2023.

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