State to spend $357 million on transportation projects

State to spend $357 million on transportation projects

The state of New York will spend $357 million for the renewal of roadways across the state, incorporating construction techniques that reduce fuel consumption and decrease the production of greenhouse gases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recently.

The techniques allow existing materials to be reused and can reduce the number of materials that would otherwise be trucked to landfills. The projects are being designed and construction is set to begin next spring.

“New York continues to lead the nation in demonstrating that infrastructure investments supporting economic growth can be balanced with protecting our precious environmental and natural resources,” Cuomo said in a statement. “These investments are laying the foundation for sustained growth in tourism and business development while enhancing the resilience of the supporting infrastructure.”

The funding, administered by the state Department of Transportation, will support 135 paving projects and the renewal of roughly 1,740 lane miles of pavements across the state. In the Finger Lakes Region, roughly $41.2 million will be spent to renew 187 lane miles region-wide, including:
• $1.3 million to resurface Route 98 from Route 20 to the city of Batavia in the Towns of Alexander and Batavia, Genesee County.
• $27.5 million to resurface I-390 from Routes 5 & 20 (Exit 10) to I-90 (Exit 12), including mainline and ramps, in the town of Avon, Livingston County and in the towns of Henrietta and Rush, Monroe County.
• $1.4 million to resurface Route 96 from the village of Phelps to the village of Manchester in the towns of Phelps and Manchester, Ontario County.
• $1.2 million to resurface Route 237 from the Genesee County Line to the village of Holley in the towns of Clarendon and Murray, Orleans County.
• $974,000 to resurface Route 104A from the Wayne/Cayuga County Line to Route 104 in Wayne County.

“Investment in our infrastructure directly impacts our local economies across New York state, providing a safe pathway for the transportation of goods and services that so many rely on,” said Sen. Tim Kennedy, chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation. “Strong transportation networks are critical to attracting new jobs and businesses, and as we build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding for environmentally conscious repairs will be an essential component to New York’s recovery.”

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