April 3, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Accelerated Road and Bridge Projects in the Mohawk Valley as Part of NY Works Program

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $29,886,323 investment for 32 NY Works projects that will repair 216 miles of roads and eight bridges in the Mohawk Valley 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 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."

 

State Senator Joe Griffo said, "Smart, targeted maintenance and development of essential public infrastructure is an important ingredient for sustained economic growth. I'm optimistic and excited that there are several initiatives in the Mohawk Valley that will be identified for this landmark plan. This is one of the cornerstones of the recent Budget agreement that we worked together with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly. NY Works will combine the multi-agency focus on immediate needs and create the groundwork for addressing future capital investments."

 

"Creating jobs and repairing aging infrastructure are two major priorities in the Mohawk Valley," said Assemblymember Anthony J. Brindisi. "Not only will the NY Works program create good-paying jobs for hardworking families, it will help make our roads and bridges safer for traveling and our communities more attractive to businesses."

 

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 the Mohawk Valley are as follows:

 

Region
Program
Project Name
Project Description
Total Project Cost
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 162 Over Abandoned Railroad In the Town of Root, Montgomery County
    Deck Replacement
$1,128,900
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 8 NB Over NY SUSQUEHNNA & W One Mile from Junction of Rte 8 and Rte 12 In the Town of New Hartford, Oneida County
    Deck Replacement
$942,525
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 8 SB Over NY SUSQUEHNNA & W One Mile from Junction of Rte 8 and Rte 12 In the Town of New Hartford, Oneida County
    Deck Replacement
$903,120
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 8 Over NY SUSQUEHNNA & W Seven Miles from Junction of Rte 8 and Rte 12 In the Town of New Hartford, Oneida County
    Deck Replacement
$1,235,400
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 69 Over ROUTE 26 In the Town of Rome, Oneida County
    Bridge Replacement
$2,130,000
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 26 Over ROUTE 365 In the Town of Rome, Oneida County
    Bridge Replacement
$2,023,500
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 69 Over ROUTE 365 In the Town of Rome, Oneida County
    Bridge Replacement
$2,236,500
Mohawk Valley
Bridges
    Rte 20 Over FLY CREEK In the Town of Esperance, Schoharie County
    Deck Replacement
$674,145
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 8, Rte. 365 to Culvert - Herkimer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$859,944
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 365, Oneida Co. Line - Rte. 8 - Herkimer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,381,416
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 5, Schuyler to Herkimer - Herkimer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,779,160
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 5, Little Falls, W. Line to Wind Bridge - Herkimer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$396,377
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 5, Little Falls, W. Line to RM 52311-1176 - Herkimer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$316,479
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 5S, Amsterdam to Schenectady Co. Line - Montgomery County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$720,655
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 30A, Fonda to Gloversville - Montgomery County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,643,225
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 5S, Village of Ft. Plain - Montgomery County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$282,858
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 30, Rte. 5 to Miami Ave. (City of Amsterdam) - Montgomery County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$654,723
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 5, Herkimer Co Line to Palatine - Montgomery County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$2,012,795
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    I-790, Leland Ave. to Edic Rd. - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$878,569
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 31, Youngs Rd.-Route 26 - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$313,822
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 12B, Clinton N. Line to New Hartford - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$362,108
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 69, Taberg - Canada Cr. - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$709,279
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    French Rd (Rte 921W), Burrstone Rd. to Chenango Rd. - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$279,513
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 69, Wolcott Road - Taberg - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$2,224,968
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Mohawk St.(Rte 922A): Rte. 69 - Rte. 49 - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$315,811
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    River St.(922E): Rte. 69 - Erie Canal - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$147,050
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 12, Waterville to CR 7 - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$503,930
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 12, CR 7 to Paris - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$420,244
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 12, Rm 1153 to RM 1172 - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$396,307
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Rte 49, Rte. 291 to Rome City Line - Oneida County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,296,000
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 7, Unadilla to RR Overpass - Otsego County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$318,100
Mohawk Valley
Roads
    Route 7, Sidney to Unadilla - Otsego County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$398,900

 

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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