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TRAVELER ADVISORY: Part of 990 to be Closed on Wednesday

TRAVELER ADVISORY: Part of 990 to be Closed on Wednesday

A Statement from the New York State Department of Transportation 

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that the Western New York Incident Management Team will be conducting an incident management training exercise on Interstate 990 in the town of Amherst, Erie County, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.  

As a result of this training exercise, Interstate 990 will be closed both northbound and southbound, from North French Road to Millersport Highway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Motorists are advised to follow posted detour routes. 

Motorists are reminded that 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.

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

(Amherst, NY)---In light of the recent tragedy at a local Amherst restaurant, Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette has created a resolution to the Amherst Town Board which directs the Planning Director to draft a Local Law to amend site plan regulations to require protective structures be placed between the parking lot and the place of assembly (such as a restaurant) where required, as a matter of public safety.

Mr. Marlette states “There are many types of barriers that can add protection where there is public assembly. It is imperative that our Building and Planning Departments examine this area of site plan regulations.”

Mr. Marlette’s resolution goes before the Amherst Town Board Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7PM.

'Fix'ing the Volstead Act on Grand Island

'Fix'ing the Volstead Act on Grand Island

 FIX BROTHERS RISE FROM POVERTY TO RULE RIVER CLANS

Courier, October 27, 1925

  •    They were reputed "rum barons" of the Niagara Frontier;  one time fish pirates; owners of a score of boats, including two submarine chasers, a speedy motor craft and a $65,000 steel ferry; hated and feared; admired and liked--that's the Fix Brothers as they were known to thousands of Buffalonians and everyone along the Niagara from the Lake to the Falls.  A strange manner of men are these brothers, Frank and Charles, and interesting and romantic are their careers of forty years on the river during the course of which they arose from poor boys to undisputed power and reputed wealth. And they act just the same and talk just the same according to river veterans who have known them all their lives.

Road Work on Colvin Boulevard to Begin in September

Road Work on Colvin Boulevard to Begin in September

From a Statement Released by the Office of the Erie County Exceutive

The Erie County Department of Public Works will soon begin paving and milling portions of Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. 

Work is scheduled to begin at the end of September from Colvin Boulevard and Eggert Road to Brighton Road. In addition, the Department will complete spot repairs on Colvin Boulevard between Brompton Road and North Ellicott Creek Road, as well as the intersection at North Ellicott Creek Road. Road work will take approximately one week.

“Repairing and replacing the County’s roads and bridges continues to be a top priority of my administration,” said Erie County Executive Chris Collins. “We are making tremendous progress this construction season and I thank the residents of these areas for their patience as they travel the detour routes.”

New 'Ready Lane' Opened at Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge

New 'Ready Lane' Opened at Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge

A Statement Released by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announces a new initiative to expedite the entry of travelers possessing Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology-enabled travel documents at the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge ports of entry.

Since the implementation of WHTI, travelers have been required to present secure travel documents that denote citizenship and identity when entering or re-entering the United States from within the Western Hemisphere.  As of August 22, 2011, CBP has dedicated a separate or “Ready Lane” at the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge ports of entry for travelers entering the U.S. with a RFID-enabled card.

These documents include:

•     Trusted Traveler cards such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST cards

Erie County Residents Needed for Driving Behavior Study

 Erie County Residents Needed for Driving Behavior Study

Nearly 500 residents of Erie County N.Y. are being recruited for a Transportation Research Board (TRB) study on driving behavior.  This is part of the world's largest study of driver behavior, in which vehicle-mounted equipment will observe how drivers interact with traffic conditions and roadway design.  The data captured will be used for safety improvements in road design, cars, and driver training programs. 

Over the course of the two-year study, vehicles of 3,100 drivers in six test sites across the U.S. will be fitted with a special Data Acquisition System (DAS), which will collect both driver and vehicle performance data.  DAS technology includes forward radar, continuously recording video cameras, GPS, accelerometers, and other sensors.  Environmental variables such as traffic, lighting, and weather conditions will also be collected.

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that construction is continuing on the Interstate 190/Interstate 290 interchange in the town of Tonawanda, Erie County.  As a result, the ramp from Interstate 190 southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound (Exit 16) will be closed to truck traffic beginning on Monday, August 22.