New York has a new way to keep motorists off Interstate 86 when weather makes it too dangerous to drive on.
The state Department of Transportation will be installing closure gates — similar to gates at railroad crossings — that will be lowered during snowstorms, flooding or bad car crashes.
The gates have recently been installed at exits in Bemus Point, Ellery and Findley Lake, with more scheduled this year.
Currently police offices and other emergency responders were stationed at the at the on-ramps to prevent traffic from getting onto the expressway.
DOT regional director Frank Cirillo says installing the gates will not only make traveling safer, it will free up emergency responders who could be used somewhere else.