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Section of westbound I-86 closed in western NY

SALAMANCA — A section of an interstate highway in western New York will be shut down for most of the summer after part of the road’s shoulder collapsed.

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the westbound lanes of Interstate 86 between Exits 19 and 18 in Cattaraugus County are closed because of a slope failure along the highway outside Salamanca, 50 miles south of Buffalo.

Westbound traffic is being detoured off the highway at Exit 21 in Salamanca and redirected to local roads before re-entering the highway at Exit 16 in Randolph. Westbound exits 20 and 19 will remain open.

DOT officials say recent heavy rainfall is believed to have caused the road’s shoulder to give way. Emergency repairs are expected to take three months