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Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that construction is continuing on the Interstate 190/Interstate 290 interchange in the town of Tonawanda, Erie County.  As a result, the ramp from Interstate 190 southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound (Exit 16) will be closed to truck traffic beginning on Monday, August 22.

WNY Ford Dealers Select Three Nonprofits to Join Ford Friendship Express Family

WNY Ford Dealers Select Three Nonprofits to Join Ford Friendship Express Family

Program awards new vehicles and trip to Coca-Cola Field to deserving organizations

BUFFALO, NY – The Boys and Girls Club of Eden, Be-A-Friend Program, Inc./Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, and Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services joined more than 60 nonprofit organizations over the last 16 years to receive the keys to a new Ford passenger van, compliments of the Western New York Ford Dealers’ Ford Friendship Express Program.

“Handing over the van keys to nonprofit organizations that provide such tremendous and necessary services in our community is a great honor,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “After 16 years, the Western New York Ford Dealers are proud to keep the Ford Friendship Express tradition alive.”

Buffalo Mayor Bryon W. Brown helped the WNY Ford Dealers award the keys to the Ford Friendship Express van recipients.

Accident on the 290 West near 190 Split

Accident on the 290 West near 190 Split

I-290 Westbound - Accident at I-190. Reported at 3:09 pm. (ID# 4992) Lanes Affected: Left Lane Closed.

Ramp from 290 West to 190 South Closed for Emergency Maintenance

Ramp from 290 West to 190 South Closed for Emergency Maintenance

The Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) says that the ramp from Interstate 290 West  (Youngmann Memorial Highway) to Interstate 190 South (Niagara Section of the Thruway) will be closed Friday, July 15 for about six to seven hours beginningn at 10 a.m. for emergency maintenance.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Marlette Recommends 'Residential Parking Zones'

Marlette Recommends 'Residential Parking Zones'

Guy R. Marlette, Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Amherst, will introduce a resolution at the July 5, 2011, Town Board Meeting regarding “Residential Parking Zones.” 

Marlette states that the Amherst Town Board and the Amherst Traffic Safety Board periodically reviews requests from residents regarding street parking in their neighborhoods.  Many of these requests are to restrict parking because a “business entity” has created an unsafe traffic pattern within the neighborhood, the residents are frustrated that non-neighborhood cars are parked there all day long leaving no room for the actual resident of the neighborhood to park, and similar type issues, Marlette continues. 

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I bought a new Lexus RX350 recently. I was told to use premium gas. What is sacrificed if I don’t? Also, is there a certain octane that I should use? 

Alice from Amherst, NY

Alice,