Sept. 4, 1964: Zip from Millersport to the Boulevard when Youngmann opens

By Steve Cichon

Fifty years ago, as the section of I-290 between Millersport Highway and Niagara Falls Boulevard was being completed and readied for traffic, engineers were touting that traffic could get between these two points in about two minutes.

They obviously weren’t talking about rush hour during the school year.

The Amherst section cost $4.7 million dollars and took a year to build. It was anticipated that the Tonawanda sections, which would complete the link between the Niagara Thruway and the mainline Thruway, would be finished sometime the following summer.

“Youngmann Hwy. section to be opened in November”

“The new 1.8-mile section will carry traffic at legal speed limits in about two minutes from Millersport Hwy. to Niagara Falls Blvd.”

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.