BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - As of 11 a.m. Monday, the half of the Skyway that usually carries eastbound traffic is closed for major rehabilitation work.
Through November, both inbound and outbound traffic will have to use the lanes that have carried westbound traffic to this point. The Skyway will only accommodate traffic in one direction at a time, with the following schedule in place:
- Only inbound traffic can use the Skyway between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. on weekdays
- Only outbound traffic can use the Skyway between noon and 3 a.m. on weekdays
- Only outbound traffic can use the Skyway on weekends
- The Skyway is closed to traffic 3 a.m - 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. - Noon on weekdays
Detours are posted for traffic having to use alternate routes.
Still, at least some drivers are anticipating travel headaches. Jay Meisel, a Dunkirk resident who drives to Hamburg every day for work, tells News 4 he's expecting traffic to be "bumper to bumper."
"It's going to take forever to get even this side of the skyway for anybody to go or come from there," he said.
The DOT has been working to inform Western New Yorkers about the construction project and traffic pattern changes.
Drivers are advised to give themselves extra time to get to their destinations if their trip includes the alternate routes.
The eastbound lanes will remain closed through November. There will be another round of closures next year as work continues to complete the two-year rehabilitation project.