Interstate 86 between Exit 21 at Parkway Drive in Salamanca and Exit 23 at Seneca Junction/Limestone will be closed to all traffic in both directions beginning Monday, May 12 through the fall of 2014. All traffic will be detoured to Route 417 between those exits.

“Due to the constraints of the job site and the proximity of the Allegheny River, the only feasible alternative to reconstruct this portion of the highway is to close both lanes in each direction,” said Darrell Kaminski, region director. “The project is a part of Governor Cuomo’s Driver’s First Initiative. Working with our contractor, Union Concrete Construction Corporation, we will strive to reduce the duration of the closure as much as possible.”

Special signage and temporary traffic lights have been installed at the intersection of Route 417 and Route 219 at Exit 23, and also at the intersection of Route 417 (Wildwood Avenue) and Route 219 (Central Avenue) in the City of Salamanca. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to follow the posted speed limit along the detour route.

This $21 million project to improve Interstate 86 began in March. The project consists of a major rehabilitation of the road surface, as well as minor bridge rehabilitation and the reconstruction of the eastbound on and off ramps at exit 20 near the Seneca Allegany Casino.

For the latest information on I-86 closures, visit (Projects in Your Neighborhood) and type in D262425 in the “contract number” field.