Brighton, N.Y. — Transportation officials announced the official opening of the state’s first Diverging Diamond. The $4.9 million project was built to ease traffic congestion for tens of thousands of drivers at I-590/Winton Road.
“It will reduce conflicts, minimize accidents and really make the experience of driving through this interchange at 590 and Winton Road much better for the traveling public,” said Joan McDonald, New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT) Commissioner.
The diverging diamond removes sharp turns from the 590/Winton Road interchange. Drivers entering the diamond on Winton Road briefly move to the left before returning right as they leave the diamond. Travelers exciting off 590 see no change according to the D.O.T.
“It’s slow going and you know people are trying to beat that light. It seems like its constantly gridlocked,” said Steve Robson, a motorcyclist who said he has avoided the divergent diamond since it opened to traffic.
The diamond is open; there minor work will continue for about two weeks, according to the D.O.T.