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Plans for cashless tolling along the New York State Thruway took another step forward Monday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors has approved the selection of the design-build team that will complete installation of cashless tolling along the entire Thruway system by the end of 2020.

Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC submitted a proposal which will go to the NYS Comptroller for approval.

ALBANY (AP) A union has sued the state Thruway Authority challenging increased health care costs for about 1,500 retirees.

CSEA says the authority told retirees in December that effective April 1 they would have to pay 6 percent more in personal contributions to their health care premiums.

The union says that fails to honor the obligations to retirees covered by contracts between CSEA and the Thruway.

President Danny Donohue says retirees have earned the right to retire with the benefits promised during their years of service.

Some drivers trying to use the New York State Thruway to travel east from Exit 46 in Henrietta were not allowed to get on this morning. The Thruway is closed in the westbound direction starting at Exit 46 in Henrietta all the way to Exit 61 at the PA state line.

Initially the Thurway Authority told WXXI News that it was the State Police that was not allowing drivers to enter the eastbound Thruway. The Thruway Authority says that there was a misunderstanding and finally allowed drivers to enter the eastbound Thruway in Henrietta according to their official Twitter feed.