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Roadways Close in Tioga and Broome Counties

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

UPDATE 3:01 p.m.  - State Route 17 (westbound direction) in Hancock (Broome County) both lanes blocked by a bus on its side.  No injuries reported. 

UPDATE 1:30 pm - Interstate 81 in the town of Barker has reopened.  Multiple vehicle accidents have been cleared.  Continue to use caution while out on all roadways. 

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UPDATE 12:00 pm - State Route 17 in the town of Nichols has opened. Conditions remain slick due to weather, drive with caution!

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With the winter weather upon us, traffic is slowing on major roadways in Broome and Tioga Counties.

According to New York State Police, State Route 17 westbound is backed up for several miles due to black ice. In the town of Nichols, State Route 17 westbound is closed and rerouted to exit 62 to allow the Department of Transportation to salt the roadway. 

Multiple car accidents are reported on Interstate 81 southbound in the town of Barker near milepost marker 22. No injuries are reported. Detours in the area are in place at exit 7 (Castle Creek) that will take travelers onto State Route 11 then back to Interstate 81 at Exit 6. 

Officials are urging drivers to allow enough room to stop in the slick conditions.