map of “the southtowns” and Buffalo.
Without getting specific, I live around that 179 marker. ish. Give or take.
Map marked up with my normal commute path.
Alternate route when “5” is closed. Some bozo decided that a super elevated bridge in a windy city near a lake was a good idea. So, when the wind and/or snow kick up, traffic is diverted as per this example.
Yesterday, being the day after a storm (Chez Mak got about two feet), “5” was closed and “The 90″* (the major highway from NYC to PA, cross-state) was closed due to blowing snow and lack of plowing.
And I knew that from listening to the traffic reports.
EXCEPT the end of the traffic report must have got lost ON EVERY STATION.
See, usually, when 5 closes, it’s from “The entrance ramp to the skyway”.
Yesterday, it was closed at Ridge; the main route up to the the highway.
Oh, and Ridge was closed because it wasn’t plowed.
So I have to have to go BACK up 5, to Lake, to South Park LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WHO COULD NOT TAKE THE THRUWAY or 5.
The arrows, it took me over an hour to travel that span.
My normal commute was SIX TIMES as long as normal.
Today, there was a watermain break on 5 (represented by blue squiggles), thus closing it between the aforementioned Lake and Ridge.
So, like everyone else who couldn’t take 5, I took the 90.
I am so glad to have the next 5 days off.
*Please note, WNYers add “the” in front of major routes as a regional dialect thing. I.E. I-290 is “da two-ninney”, Rt-33 is “da thirddy-three”