A section of the Thruway in Cheektowaga was repaired about 10 years ago, and completed in 2002. It was called the 4th lane project for an additional lane and repaving.
If you've ever driven along the Thruway between exit 54 and William Street, you know what we're talking about, because that section suddenly goes from smooth to bumpy.
According to the Thruway Authority, the project was given the "ok" upon completion. But shortly thereafter, the concrete slabs started curling, creating a wavy ride. We're told the contractor for the $62 million dollar project was under no responsibility to fix the problem.
In 2008, the Thruway Authority told Channel 2 they were waiting for a study from the American Concrete Pavement Association. Today we found out that study didn't even begin until this year.
Tom Pericak of the Thruway Authority says repairs will begin in 2011 with a process called diamond grinding. They will hopefully also gain some insight into what caused this unique situation once the study is complete, which should be early next year.
As for why it has taken so long to address the situation? Pericak says it hasn't been a priority because there are no safety issues involved with driving on that part of the Thruway.
At this point, the cost of repairs is not known.