CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – It has been a problem for years, and now the New York State Thruway Authority is finally replacing the Cleveland Drive overpass.
The crumbling bridge has created dangerous conditions for drivers.
The first phase of the project starts Monday night at 9 when the Cleveland Drive westbound on-ramp to the 90 closes. The Cleveland Drive overpass will close to all traffic April 6 at 6 a.m. Both closures will remain in effect until early November when construction wraps up.
A chunk of the overpass fell onto John Cook's van in 2010 as he was merging onto the 90.
"The object was large enough, strong enough, to actually go through the windshield of the car. The hole is roughly the size of a basketball," said Cook.
Cook was able to pull over and call police without hitting any cars.