OSWEGO, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the $14 million project to rehabilitate approximately 4 miles of Route 104 in western Oswego County is now under way.
This project was announced during last year’s Central New York “Capital for a Day” as one piece of a comprehensive 47-point plan to advance Central New York through investments in infrastructure, housing and higher education.
“Route 104 in Oswego County is a critically important commerce route in Central New York, connecting Interstate 81 with rail and port facilities, farming communities and SUNY Oswego,” Governor Cuomo said. “By advancing this project, we are not only improving the long-term viability of road infrastructure, but also drastically improving safety for the large volume of bicyclists and pedestrians who use this busy corridor daily.”
Route 104 bisects the SUNY Oswego campus and serves a large number of student pedestrians who cross between the main campus on the north side of the road and the athletic facilities on the south side.
It is also a vital link in the region’s transportation network, connecting communities along the southern shore of Lake Ontario with the interstate and serving as primary access to the railroad and port facilities in the city of Oswego. Route 104 in Oswego County is a National Scenic Byway and part of the New York State Seaway Trail.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “This project will make Route 104 safer for the many motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists who rely on it for their daily commute, accessing the college or getting to the popular south shore of Lake Ontario. We are proud to work with Governor Cuomo on projects that improve safety on our transportation network while supporting the local economy.”
The project will rehabilitate and widen Route 104 from its intersection with Route 104A in Southwest Oswego to the Oswego west city line. Eleven-foot travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders will be constructed and most surfaces will be milled and topped with asphalt.
Some locations, including the intersections of Route 104 with County Route 20, Crestwood Drive and County Route 89 / Cemetery Road, will be reconstructed to improve sight distance and safety.
Two large culverts will be replaced and many of the deep roadside ditches will be filled.
Where the ditches will be filled, the new pavement profile will include a gutter section to convey runoff water to drainage outlets. Areas near the SUNY Oswego campus will receive new curbing and sidewalk to accommodate the increasing number of pedestrians.
Traffic will be maintained on-site during construction through a combination of daily lane closures with alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers and, in the case of the culvert replacements, alternating one-way traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.
“Route 104 is a main artery running through Oswego County that is traveled by countless people each and every day. This important project will help to make travel easier and safer for businesses, including farmers, who rely on Route 104 to transport goods, regular motorists, and bicyclists, as well as pedestrians,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “I’ve been proud to support efforts to upgrade Route 104, and look forward to seeing plans be put into action that improve the roadway and in turn, improve travel for local residents and visitors to our region.”
Assemblyman Will Barclay added, “I am pleased the state is making investments in the Route 104 Corridor in Southwest Oswego. This project will go a long way toward making the area more bike and pedestrian friendly, and will improve the quality of life and safety for residents and college students at SUNY Oswego. Investing in infrastructure is important and I am pleased more state dollars will be delivered to the Oswego area to improve this important corridor.”
“Route 104 is a major highway that not only serves Oswego County, but is also a connector to western New York. It is heavily traveled by everyone from college students to truckers,” said Assemblyman Bob Oaks. “This project will certainly make the road safer for local residents who drive it every day and for others who use the southwest Oswego highway on to reach destinations throughout the region. We are glad to see these important improvements being scheduled.”
Kevin Gardner, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature, said, “Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Driscoll have made great strides in improving New York’s infrastructure and we are pleased that they have recognized some of the need for safety improvements here in Oswego County. There is little question that SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley has grown her institution to be one of the finest in the system and the project components related to the college neighborhoods will greatly improve the multi-modal experience for students and residents alike. We are grateful for the Governor’s support and look forward to working with him on other projects to help grow Oswego County.”
The work will take place over two construction seasons and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.