April 3, 2012
Albany, NY

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

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $45,514,179 investment for 49 NY Works projects that will repair 345 miles of roads and 11 bridges in the North Country 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 Betty Little said, "It's not only the destination that counts, but the experience of getting there that means a lot to tourists, especially first-time visitors. So not only will these infrastructure improvement projects benefit those who live and work here and create new

jobs, but there's also a tourism benefit by ensuring that in the years ahead our North Country roads and bridges are not only safe but inviting."

 

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 North Country 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."

 

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."

 

"NY Works is focused on creating much needed jobs for hardworking North Country families by jumpstarting critical infrastructure improvement projects throughout the North Country," Assemblywoman Addie Russell said. "We are moving in a positive direction focusing on improving the state's infrastructure and assets to build a better New York. The North Country economy will benefit from the jobs it creates and from the improvements that are made." 

 

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 North Country are as follows:

Region

Program

Project Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

North Country

Roads

Rt 11 Highway Rehabilitation

Pavement rehabilitation project that will include improvement and replacement of sidewalks that will allow better pedestrian access.

$7,700,000

North Country

Bridges

Rte 9N Over GROVE BROOK In the Town of Port Henry, Essex County

Deck Replacement

$191,700

North Country

Bridges

Rte 971V (Access Rd to Ft. Drum from Rte. 3) Over BLACK RIVER In the Town of Le Ray, Jefferson County

Deck Replacement

$2,193,900

North Country

Bridges

Rte 193 Over I-81 NB In the Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County

Deck Replacement

$702,900

North Country

Bridges

Rte 193 Over I-81 SB In the Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County

Deck Replacement

$702,900

North Country

Bridges

Rte 68 Over GRANNIS BROOK In the Town of Canton, St. Lawrence County

Deck Replacement

$596,400

North Country

Bridges

Rte 9 Over ROGERS BROOK In the Town of Schroon, Essex County

Bridge Rehabilitation

$319,500

North Country

Bridges

Rte 458 Over St. Regis River In the Town of Waverly, Franklin County

Deck Replacement

$852,000

North Country

Bridges

Rte 177 Over North Branch of Sandy Creek In the Town of Rodman, Jefferson County

Deck Replacement

$2,343,000

North Country

Bridges

I-81 NB Over Rte 232 In the Town of Watertown, Jefferson County

Bridge Rehabilitation

$1,065,000

North Country

Bridges

I-81 SB Over Rte 232 In the Town of Watertown, Jefferson County

Bridge Rehabilitation

$1,065,000

North Country

Bridges

Rte 812 Over INDIAN RIVER In the Town of Croghan, Lewis County

Deck Replacement

$639,000

North Country

Roads

I87, Salmon River to Cumberland Hd., VPP, Clinton Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$3,500,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 11, Rte. 9B to Rte. 2, VPP, Clinton Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$270,000

North Country

Roads

Rt. 86, Mile Post 9.52 to Mile Post 21.6, Essex County

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$3,539,030

North Country

Roads

Rte. 373. Rte.9 to the Ferry, VPP, Essex Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$348,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37, Frogtown Rd. to Rte. 95 Int., VPP, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$649,500

North Country

Roads

Rte. 30, Mountain Pond Rd. to Rte.458, VPP, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$980,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 970T, Rte. 30 to Canadian Bdr., PPST, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$194,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 30, Hamilton Co. Ln. to Moody, Part 1, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$239,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 30, Hamilton Co. Ln. to Moody, Part 2, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$120,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 30, Hamilton Co. Ln. to Moody, Part 3, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$638,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37, Rte. 95 to St. Regis Reservation, VPP, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$530,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 30, Hamilton Co. Ln. to Moody Part 4, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$403,500

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37, St. Regis Reservation to Ft. Covington, VPP, Franklin Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$568,500

North Country

Roads

Route 8, Morehouse to Rte. 10 - Hamilton County

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$944,294

North Country

Roads

Route 8, Sac River to Warren Co. Line - Hamilton County

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$1,691,180

North Country

Roads

Route 30, Jessup River to Lewey Lake - Hamilton County

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$1,841,875

North Country

Roads

Rte. 11, Antwerp to St. Lawrence Co. Ln., VPP, Jefferson Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$1,100,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 11,Waddingham Rd. to Phila.Village, VPP 6.3, Jefferson Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$950,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 342, Rte. 11 to Rte. 283, VPP 6.3, Jefferson Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$165,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 12E, Limerick to Chaumont Village, RST, Jefferson Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$500,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 3, Eastern Blvd. to Ret. 342, VPP 6.3, Jefferson Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$350,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 812, Croghan Tn. Ln. to Rte. 3 O'Lap, VPP 6.3, Lewis Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$458,500

North Country

Roads

Rte. 26, Potters Cors. to Turin Village, CIPR, Lewis Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$174,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 26, Potters Cors. to Turin Village, VPP, Lewis Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$214,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 177, Woodbattle Rd. to the Beetle Rd., VPP, Lewis Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$371,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 410, Castorland Village, VPP 6.3, Lewis Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$42,500

North Country

Roads

Rte. 11, Canton to Potsdam, VPP 6.3, St. Lawrence Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$1,023,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 11, Potsdam Walmart to Market St., VPP, St. Lawrence Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$585,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37, Waddington to Massena, VPP 6.3, St. Lawrence Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$1,065,500

North Country

Roads

Rte. 58, Fine Village N. Line to N. Edwards Rd., VPP 6.3, St. Law. Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$629,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37, Ogdensburg to Waddington, VPP 6.3, St. Lawrence Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$1,025,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 58, N.Edwards Rd.to Edwards/Fowler Tn. Ln., VPP 6.3, St. Law. Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$268,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37, Keystone Rd. to Waddington, VPP 6.3, St. Lawrence Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$853,500

North Country

Roads

Rte. 58, Rte. 3 @ Fine to Fine Village N Line, VPP 6.3, St. Law. Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$65,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 68, Woodbridge Cors. to Canton Vill., VPP 6.3, St. Law. Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$554,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37 & Rte. 12 Interchange, Morristown, Part 1, VPP, St. Law. Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$110,000

North Country

Roads

Rte. 37 & Rte. 12 Interchange, Morristown, Part 2, VPP, St. Law. Co.

Pavement Preservation Treatment

$183,000

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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