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SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Relief for Thruway motorists

OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll announces the repair of the 4-mile stretch of thruway.

There has not been a lot of positive news lately with the nation and world having to focus almost exclusively on the coronavirus. But before the crisis took hold, the New York State Thruway did announce some welcome news for motorists: It has already begun work on the four-mile stretch of section near Exit 58 that runs through the Seneca Nation of Indians territory.

“In fact, it’s interesting to note, this is the first major construction project on the section since back in 2003 and the first full rebuild since 1987,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. “So the magnitude of this project is far overdue.”

That, however, is inexcusable. It shows a lack of effort by the Authority and Nation to work together for almost 33 years to do major repairs to an important road that motorists are paying to use.

Expect some delays in the future, but a smoother ride — to the east and back home — is something we Thruway travelers have long deserved.

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