There is some relief coming for drivers who use a stretch of the Lake Ontario State Parkway between Hamlin and Kendall.
The NYS Department of Transportation says that construction has begun on a $5.2 million paving project to rehabilitate nearly 30 lane miles of the road between Routes 19 in Monroe County and Route 237 in Orleans County.
Officials say the project will significantly improve pavement conditions with resurfacing of the highway both east and westbound. Acting NYS DOT Commissioner Paul Karas says the work is beginning nearly one month earlier than anticipated.
He says the work will minimize the impact on tourism that involves nearby Hamlin Beach State Park.
The Lake Ontario State Parkway will remain open to traffic throughout construction, with at least one lane of traffic maintained in each direction. Short-term ramp closures will take place during paving of the on and off-ramps at the Route 237, Route 272 and Hamlin Beach interchanges.
These ramps will be kept open Friday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley, a Republican from Batavia, says he had delivered nearly 2,000 signatures to Gov. Cuomo demanding repaving of that stretch of road, and Hawley says the rough road had caused significant issues with traffic.
Karas says the rehabilitation work will enhance safety and make it easier for drivers using the stretch of road in the summer months and beyond.