Cuomo Announces More Than $103M to Pave Roads Across Mid-Hudson Valley
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Thursday that $103.8 million will be used for projects to pave and repair 192 lane miles of state roads across the Mid-Hudson Valley through this summer and fall, according to VIN News.
The funds are part of a total $403.3 million for pavement improvements on nearly 1,700 miles of roadway across New York State and includes projects in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties, reports VIN News.
“Safe and reliable infrastructure is the backbone of any economy and this funding will help ensure roadways across the region remain in good repair and able to meet the needs of New Yorkers, businesses and visitors alike,” said Governor Cuomo. “This administration has made an unprecedented investment in rebuilding New York’s transportation network, work that will improve the quality of life for residents and lay the groundwork for future growth and prosperity.”
According to VIN News, maintenance paving work keeps New York’s highways in a state of good repair and that this investment postpones the need for more expensive, in depth repairs. The repair and renovation of the state’s transportation infrastructure will also increase safety and guarantee that state and local communities remain economically competitive, says VIN News.
“The roads we are paving this summer range from high-volume interstates to rural routes, but all are important connectors between and within communities, linking downtowns to business districts and supporting our agriculture and tourism industries. I thank Governor Cuomo for this investment in our highway system,” said Matthew J. Driscoll, who is the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner.
The projects are designed to minimize traffic, which is consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Driver’s First Initiative. Drivers are reminded that fines are doubles for speeding in work zones and that two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of the individual’s driver’s license.
According to VIN News, the paving and repair work will take place on the following roads:
• 23 miles on Interstate 684 from Interstate 84 in the town of Southeast, Putnam County, to Hardscrabble Road in the town of North Salem, Westchester County ($55.2 million)
• 18 miles on Interstate 684 from Route 172 to Harris Road in the town of Bedford, Westchester County ($6.5 million)
• 15 miles on the Saw Mill River Parkway from Grant Street to Roaring Brook Road in the towns of Mount Pleasant and New Castle, Westchester County ($4.4 million)
• 3.2 miles of Route 120 from Marcourt Drive to Route 133 in the town of New Castle, Westchester County ($900,000)
• 12.8 miles of Route 202 from Route 59 in the village of Suffern to Route 306 in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, ($3.5 million)
• 21.6 miles of Route 9W from Route 218 and Route 293 in the town of Highlands to Angola Road in Cornwall, Orange County ($4 million)
• 20.8 miles of the Taconic State Parkway from Willow Lane to Cold Spring Road in the towns of Clinton, Stanford, and Milan in Dutchess County ($6 million)
• 1.3 miles on Route 52 from west of Tamarack Road to Birchall Road in Wawarsing, Ulster County ($750,000)
• 3.6 miles of Route 209 from Route 52 in the village of Ellenville to the Rondout Creek in the town of Wararsing in Ulster County ($1.2 million)
• 11.2 miles on Route 97 from Route 5S to County Route 23 in the town of Highland, Sullivan County ($3.3 million)
The funds are part of a total $403.3 million for pavement improvements on nearly 1,700 miles of roadway across New York State and includes projects in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties