A section of I-86 (aka the Southern Tier Expressway) in western New York will be shut down for most of the summer after heavy rains caused part of the road's shoulder to collapse.
The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that westbound Interstate 86 will be closed, effective immediately, between Exit 19 and Exit 18 in the towns of Red House and Cold Spring, Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation, due to a slope failure.
The westbound on ramp from NY Route 417 to westbound Interstate 86 is closed. Exit 20 (NY Route 417, Casino) and Exit 19 (Red House, Allegany State Park) on westbound Interstate 86 will remain open. The closure is expected to remain in effect for approximately three months.
A detour is posted at Exit 21 (Parkway Drive) for through traffic on westbound Interstate 86. Motorists are advised to follow the westbound detour using northbound US Route 219, westbound NY Route 242, westbound NY Route 394 and West Main Street. Traffic will re-enter westbound Interstate 86 at Exit 16.