Highways reopen as driving bans end in Erie County

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Restrictions on driving in every area of Erie County have been lifted.

Poloncarz announced on Tuesday morning that New York State and military police officers are being brought to the area to aid in traffic control and issuing citations. A driving advisory is still in place in areas where the ban has been lifted.

The driving ban in Buffalo City, announced by Poloncarz in a press conference on Wednesday, will remain in effect until at least 9 a.M. On Thursday as cleanup crews continue to work after the deadly blizzard that occurred just before midnight.

Starting at 7 a.M., The Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore had previously announced their intention to lift their driving bans, while Orchard Park and West Seneca downgraded their driving bans to advisories on Monday.

Following the removal of the prohibition, a parking restriction will continue to be enforced around the clock. The Town of Amherst rescinded their travel prohibition on Monday at 7 p.M. And substituted it with a travel guidance.

The travel bans in Cheektowaga and Lackawanna were changed to advisories on Tuesday morning.

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NITTEC reported on Tuesday morning that the Bridge of Peace, as well as Routes 219, 400, and I-290, have now reopened. Numerous major highways within the United States were included in the list of reopened routes.

As of Thursday morning, there were no additional significant road closures in western New York.

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Towed vehicles

Click or tap on this link to check if yours was among them, Erie County has towed several vehicles. Additional information about towed vehicles can be found here.

At this point, the majority of streets in Amherst are navigable, indicating that Patrick Lucey, the Highway Superintendent of Amherst, joined us on Wake Up Tuesday morning to provide an update on the progress of snow clearance.

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