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Skyway Lane closures have begun.
 
The bottom line is, unless you're commuting from the Southtowns to Downtown during the morning rush hour-- you'll need to find another way, other than the Skyway, to get into downtown from Lackawanna, Blasdell, Hamburg, and points south from today through November. 
 
 
The official break-down from the New York State DOT:
 
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced that construction has begun on the project to perform bridge deck rehabilitation on NY Route 5, the Buffalo Skyway, in the city of Buffalo, Erie County. 
 
Starting Monday, April 30, at 11:00 a.m. the eastbound (inbound) lanes of the Buffalo Skyway, between Ohio Street and Interstate 190, will be closed and motorists will begin utilizing the westbound (outbound) lanes for both inbound and outbound traffic under the following schedule:
 
5:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. weekdays, Buffalo Skyway open to inbound (eastbound) traffic only.
 
11:00 a.m. until noon weekdays, Buffalo Skyway closed to all traffic.
 
Noon until 3:00 a.m. the following day, weekdays, Buffalo Skyway open to outbound (westbound) traffic only.
 
3:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. weekdays, Buffalo Skyway closed to all traffic.
 
Saturdays and Sundays, Buffalo Skyway open to outbound (westbound) traffic only.
 
Posted detours will direct traffic affected by the closures. This traffic pattern will remain in effect until November 2018. This work is weather-sensitive and will be delayed in the event of inclement weather.
 
Motorists are advised to obey the posted speed limit along the detour route and allow for additional travel time.  Motorists are also reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
 
For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511ny.org.  Find NYSDOT on the web at www.dot.ny.gov, and on Twitter at @NYSDOTBuffalo.