ARDEN HEIGHTS — A $7.5 million project aims to reduce congestion on the West Shore Expressway by building a new auxiliary lane, the state said.
The state Department of Transportation announced a project to redesign to the highway that will build an auxiliary lane between the Victory Boulevard entrance of the highway and the Muldoon/Arden avenues exit that officials hope will improve traffic flow.
"A continuous lane connecting the entrance and exit ramps will reduce congestion and improve traffic mobility by providing a longer distance for vehicles to merge and exit," said state DOT commissioner Matthew Driscoll in a statement.
The project will reconstruct the highway's existing shoulders for the new lane, which the state said will give more time for traffic to merge from the Victory Boulevard entrance and avoid conflicts with the Muldoon/Arden avenues exit.
"This is great news for South Shore residents, and even better news than we were expecting," Borough President James Oddo said in a statement.
"Honestly, I was expecting a small improvement, such as a simple re-striping, after my discussions this summer with State DOT. This news of a new auxiliary lane definitely exceeds my expectations, and hopefully will help break the cycle of congestion on the southbound West Shore Expressway."
Construction is expected to start on the new lane in the summer of 2018, the state DOT said.