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Comment: The release of the Williamsville Toll Barrier Improvement Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public and agency review and comment was posted on the NYSDEC ENB web site on June 14th, 2006. Subsequently the DEIS comment submission period end date was extended to August 21st, 2006. The Authority is again extending the comment submission period end date. The new comment submission period end date is now Friday October 6th, 2006.

Genesee And Erie Counties - The NYSTA And FHWA, as lead agencies, have accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New York State Thruway Williamsville Toll Barrier (WTB) Improvement Project, DEIS No. (FHWA-NY-EIS-06-01-D), EPA EIS (No. 20060218). A public hearing on the Draft EIS was held on July 11, 2006. Public comment period extended date is October 6, 2006. The Williamsville Toll Barrier (WTB) DEIS studies alternative ways of resolving existing NYS Thruway traffic congestion attributable to the existing WTB, and studies the environmental and socio-economic consequences of the identified alternatives. The WTB Improvement Project alternatives studied include the no-build, improvement and relocation alternatives. The study corridor for the WTB Improvement Project extends from its western terminus just west of the existing WTB at milepost (MP) 419.69 to its eastern terminus at NYSTA Interchange 48A at milepost 401.72. The total length of the project's study corridor is 18 miles, extending along the mainline Thruway (I-90) through the Towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Clarence and Newstead in Erie County, passing in close proximity to the Town of Alden in Erie County, and terminating in the town of Pembroke in Genesee County.

Contact: Christopher A.Waite, New York State Thruway Authority, 200 Southern Boulevard, P.O. Box 189, Albany, New York 12201-0189, phone: (518) 436-2810, e-mail: Chris.Waite@thruway.state.ny.us.