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Nightly closures on South Grand Island Bridge to end Nov. 12

Construction work that has closed the northbound South Grand Island Bridge at night for nearly seven months is on schedule to wrap up in about two weeks.

Workers are in the final stages of the $48.2 million project to replace the deck of the bridge and expect to stop closing the span at night by Nov. 12, as long as the weather cooperates, said Thomas E. Pericak, Buffalo division director for the New York State Thruway Authority.

Contractors are now replacing the sidewalks on the northbound span. Once that's complete, the rest of the work will not require the bridge to shut down to traffic, Pericak said.

Workers will continue landscaping and cleanup work in the area, as well as construction on the bridge to add a conduit for Verizon fiber-optic lines.

The project was scheduled to be completed Nov. 18, but workers could be out on the bridge beyond that date.

"They probably have to extend past the original completion date, but again, nothing that impacts traffic," Pericak said. "We do expect them to be out of here before the end of the year."

American Bridge Co. of Coraopolis, Pa., started work to replace the deck of the bridge in April.

Workers completed the surface of the bridge earlier this month.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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