Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that work is under way on $22.7 million in highway improvements in Central New York, including a $10.8 million project to repair the bridges carrying I-81 over Route 11 in the town of Salina, with work scheduled to be completed this year.
The funding also includes two other bridge projects restarting this spring: the $8.2 million repair of the two bridges carrying Interstate 81 over the New York State Barge Canal and a $2.7 million project to replace the bridge carrying North Burdick Street over the Old Erie Canal in the town of Manlius.
“Investing in New York’s infrastructure ensures its safety and viability for residents and visitors to our state,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is critical that Central New York bridges and roads remain in good repair and are able to foster economic growth, as well as meet the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers.”
Construction also began this week on a $1 million safety improvement project to replace more than 23,000 feet of worn or damaged guide rail at various locations along state-owned roads in Cayuga and Oswego counties.
NYSe Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Governor Cuomo knows the importance of a strong transportation system and these projects are some of the many smart investments being made across the state to modernize our infrastructure and help keep New York competitive in the global marketplace. These bridge and guide rail projects are helping to extend the service life of our highways, improving safety, protecting mobility and strengthening our infrastructure for future generations.”
I-81 over Route 11 in the Town of Salina, Onondaga County
This bridge rehabilitation project will include replacing bridge joints, painting, repairing concrete and steel, and installing thin bridge deck overlays. During the work in both directions of northbound and southbound I-81, traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction. All of the work in the southbound direction should be completed by the beginning of the Great New York State Fair in late August. After the Fair, work will be completed on northbound I-81.
I-81 Bridge over the New York Barge Canal, Cicero, Onondaga County and Hastings, Oswego County
This bridge rehabilitation project is reducing the thickness of the concrete driving surface on two bridges and replacing steel railing assemblies with concrete barriers. The bridge beams are being further linked together and repaired as needed. Joints and navigation lights are being replaced. In addition, an acoustic bridge monitoring system has been installed to more closely monitor bridge conditions.
This year’s work will focus on the southbound bridge, as improvements were made to the northbound bridge last year. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained at most times, including peak hours, with one southbound lane being carried on the northbound structure. The work zone speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour.
North Burdick Street Bridge over the Old Erie Canal, Manlius
This two-year bridge project is part of a 47-point plan to advance Central New York that includes $77.8 million in State support for the region. The project is part of $13 million in regional infrastructure upgrades announced during “Capital for a Day” in September 2015, when Governor Cuomo and members of his cabinet spent the day in Central New York meeting with community members, business leaders and partners in government to identify ways the State can enhance economic opportunity and strengthen communities in the area.
Construction work last year provided a new, larger parking area for the Erie Canal multi-use trail, shifted the trail to the north to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and installed the new pre-cast concrete bridge over the Old Erie Canal. When completed later this year, the new traffic layout on North Burdick Street will feature a 12-foot northbound lane, separate 12-foot left-turn and right-turn lanes in the southbound direction, and eight-foot shoulders on each side. The three-way intersection of Cedar Bay Road and North Burdick Street will be modified to accommodate these changes, as will the three-color traffic signal there.
Guide Rail Repair along State-Owned Roads in Cayuga and Oswego counties
Work began April 17 on a $1 million safety improvement project to replace worn or damaged guide rail at various locations along state-owned roads in Cayuga and Oswego counties. The routes involved are 20, 34 and 370 in Cayuga County and 11, 69 and 104 in Oswego County. The corrugated beam guide rail replacement work will be done using daily lane closures where needed, if the work cannot be done exclusively from the roadway’s shoulder area.
County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “These projects will benefit all of Central New York and we are grateful to Governor Cuomo for his continued investment in our statewide infrastructure.”
All of these projects will be completed in accordance with the requirements of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.
Accelerating Central NY Rising
These projects complement “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The state has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015.
The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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