April 3, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Accelerated Road and Bridge Projects in Central New York as Part of NY Works Program

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $29,722,471 investment for 25 NY Works projects that will repair 148 miles of roads and 15 bridges in Central New York and create thousands of jobs. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.

 

NY Works will reinvent state economic development with an innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing all investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.

 

"For the second straight year, New York State has worked and passed a balanced and transformative budget based on fiscal responsibility, job creation, government efficiency," Governor Cuomo said. "The cornerstone of this budget is the New York Works program, a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state's economy back on track, just the way we have put our state government back on track. This significant investment will rebuild the foundation of the region's economy and create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers."

 

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate's Finance Committee, said, "I have been advocating for road and bridge improvements for Upstate New York for years. The New York Works initiative will help to improve infrastructure in our state, and also help to create jobs here at the same time. I applaud Governor Cuomo for demonstrating his commitment to our community with this program."

 

State Senator James L. Seward said, "Infrastructure improvements are critical to revitalizing upstate. Road and bridge improvements help existing businesses expand and offer new companies an incentive to locate here. I applaud Governor Cuomo for recognizing the need and focusing state resources through New York Works that will provide construction jobs in the short term and invigorate the upstate economy moving forward.#157;

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie said, "New Yorkers are ready to go back to work. Rebuilding our road and bridge network will help create important infrastructure jobs that will serve as a critical investment in the future of Central and Northern New York. NY Works will help reduce our region's unemployment rate and revitalize the upstate economy."

 

"The New York Works program not only jumpstarts vital infrastructure projects in Central New York, it creates the jobs our hardworking families rely on and deserve," Assemblyman Sam Roberts said. "Putting people back to work and creating a diverse workforce is what our local economy needs right now."

 

"The New York Works Program is not only an investment to improve the safety of the roads and bridges in our community but these significant transportation projects will aid in our state's economic recovery," said Assemblyman William Magnarelli. "This investment of more than $2.2 million to repair three bridges will also result in the creation of much-needed jobs in the city of Syracuse."

 

The Budget continues the Governor's commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the NY Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

 

The Budget includes key economic development and transportation initiatives, important reforms to improve government efficiency, and measures to strengthen communities across the state.

 

NY Works

 

Establishes the NY Works Task Force

 

The NY Works Task Force will coordinate capital plans across 45 agencies and authorities, oversee investment in projects and access to funding, and facilitate the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.

 

Prior to the NY Works initiative, there was no comprehensive state plan for the $16 billion in annual capital expenditures by 45 state agencies and authorities. In some cases, including with respect to projects by the Port Authority, the MTA, and the Department of Transportation, billions of dollars of taxpayer or commuter funds were being used to fund transportation plans in the same region with no coordination between the agencies. For the first time, the NY Works Task Force will develop a coordinated capital infrastructure plan among agencies and authorities. The Task Force, made up of leaders in finance, labor, planning and transportation will also recommend financing options for projects and methods to accelerate construction of critical infrastructure.

 

The NY Works Task Force will consist of fifteen members. Nine of the members will be appointed by the Governor and six by the Legislature. All major state agencies and authorities will participate in an implementation council to coordinate capital planning.

 

All NY Works projects will be posted on the web with real-time updates so that New Yorkers can track the progress of projects in their community. The full list will be posted online over the next several days.

 

Rebuild Roads and Bridges

 

The Budget funds the NY Works program with $247 million in state capital funds and $917 million in new Federal funds for a total of $1.2 billion in new spending to accelerate repair, replacement and improvement of deficient roads and bridges. This funding is over and above the $1.6 billion already allocated this year to the core transportation capital program for road and bridge projects. This program is in addition to the advancement of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project that will inject billions more into the regional and state economy.

 

The additional $1.2 billion in accelerated projects will include: $212 million to address bridge deck and structural replacement or rehabilitation needs on approximately 115 bridges; $250 million for more than 2,000 miles of low cost pavement preservation and pavement treatments; and $687 million for transportation projects of regional or statewide significance throughout the state that had been delayed due to resource constraints.

 

The NY Works Accelerated Bridge and Pavement Preservation program will expedite projects to immediately create jobs, address critical infrastructure needs, and achieve savings. The Accelerated Bridge and Pavement Preservation program represents a different way of doing business for New York State. Rather than executing 100 different contracts for 100 different bridges, projects will be consolidated under regional contracts a more efficient process that will enable the state to complete critical projects on time and on budget.

 

As part of the NY Works program, the Accelerated Bridge program is an innovative capital program delivery approach designed to reduce the backlog of deficient bridges in New York State that require replacement. The program will rehabilitate or replace many bridges over a quick time frame resulting in eliminating future maintenance costs as well as create thousands of constructions jobs and stimulate the New York State economy. Currently, 2,500 or 32 percent of the State's bridges are rated deficient. The bridges will be bundled into six statewide Design-Bid-Build contracts and four Design-Build contracts in four geographic areas: Long Island, Hudson Valley, Central and Western New York, and the North Country and Capital Region.

 

In addition, NY Works establishes a $250 million investment in a Pavement Preservation program that will improve nearly 2,000 additional lane miles of pavement conditions, which is equivalent to a round trip from New York City to Orlando, Florida. Forty percent of the state's pavement surfaces are rated deficient. Similar to the Accelerated Bridge program, paving and resurfacing contracts will be let throughout the State, creating jobs in every region.

 

The accelerated NY Works transportation projects in Central New York are as follows:

 

Region
Program
Project Name
Project Description
Total Project Cost
Central New York
Bridges
    Rte 31 Over PUTNAM BROOK In the Town of Brutus, Cayuga County
    Deck Replacement
$324,825
Central New York
Bridges
    West Adams Street (Rte 930C) Over ONONDAGA CREEK In the Town of Syracuse, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$468,600
Central New York
Bridges
    I-81 Over E CALTHROP AVENUE In the Town of Syracuse, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$1,517,625
Central New York
Bridges
    I-81 Over EAST CASTLE ST In the Town of Syracuse, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$1,565,550
Central New York
Bridges
    I-690 EB Over CROUSE AVENUE In the Town of Syracuse, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$649,650
Central New York
Bridges
    I-690 WB Over CROUSE AVENUE In the Town of Syracuse, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$649,650
Central New York
Bridges
    I-690 Over PEAT STREET In the Town of Syracuse, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$963,825
Central New York
Bridges
    Rte 38 Over OWASCO OUTLET In the Town of Mentz, Cayuga County
    Deck Replacement
$585,750
Central New York
Bridges
    Rte 38 Over DRY CREEK In the Town of Moravia, Cayuga County
    Deck Replacement
$479,250
Central New York
Bridges
    Rte 281 Over COLD BROOK In the Town of Homer, Cortland County
    Deck Replacement
$319,500
Central New York
Bridges
    Rte 370 Over SENECA RIVER In the Town of Lysander, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$3,195,000
Central New York
Bridges
    I-481 WB and EB Over W.B.CONN. In the Town of De Witt, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$1,065,000
Central New York
Bridges
    Rte 174 Over NINE MILE CREEK In the Town of Camillus, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$532,500
Central New York
Bridges
    I-481 SB Over KIRKVILLE RD-CR53 In the Town of De Witt, Onondaga County
    Bridge Rehabilitation
$958,500
Central New York
Bridges
    I-481 NB Over KIRKVILLE RD-CR53 In the Town of De Witt, Onondaga County
    Deck Replacement
$958,500
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 20, SENECA CO LN TO CITY OF AUBURN, CAYUGA CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,684,600
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 90, VIL OF SO CAYUGA TO RT 31, CAYUGA CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,196,450
Central New York
Roads
    I-81, BROOME CO TO RT 41, POLKVILLE, CORTLAND CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$8,120,000
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 41, RT 281 TO ONONDAGA CO LN, CORTLAND CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$996,968
Central New York
Roads
    Route 13 - Cazenovia to New Woodstock - Madison County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$600,348
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 173, W. GENESSE ST TO RT 175, ONONDAGA CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$700,000
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 290, NO BURDICK ST TO RT 5, ONONDAGA CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$428,960
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 317, VIL OF ELBRIDGE TO OLD RT 31C, VIL OF JORDAN, ONONDAGA CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$370,000
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 173, VIL OF MANLIUS TO MADISON CO, ONONDAGA CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$269,280
Central New York
Roads
    ROUTE 49, CO RT 37 TO FISH HATCHERY RD, OSWEGO CO
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,122,140

 

Specific criteria for including a project in the NY Works Fund are as follows:

 

Accelerated bridge projects:

  • It is on the State deficient bridge list.
  • Projects that can begin construction in 2012 to immediately reduce the number of deficient bridges.
  • Eligible for federal funding.
  • Approximately 110 bridges can be rebuilt under the accelerated program.
  • Half of the projects will use the State's new "design-build" authority to speed project completion

 

Accelerated pavement preservation projects:

  • Statewide roadway segments rated fair or poor
  • Best and lowest cost treatments, such single course overlay, mill and fill, etc.
  • Eligible for federal funding.
  • 2000 miles of road repaired

 

Accelerated regional projects:

  • Projects of regional significance were programmed for outer years only because of lack of funds, but can be accelerated into 2012 to immediately create jobs, deal with critical infrastructure and yield savings.
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