April 3, 2012
Albany, NY

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

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $107,334,314 investment for 32 NY Works projects that will repair 155 miles of roads and 23 bridges in the Southern Tier 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 Tom O'Mara said, "The development of our regional and statewide transportation infrastructure represents a key economic lifeline for our communities and workers. Transportation will play a key role in turning around the fortunes of upstate New York manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and every other sector of the economy. This year's budget, especially the 'New York Works' initiative, establishes a stronger state commitment to upstate job creation and economic growth. We appreciate and welcome Governor Cuomo's continued leadership."

 

"The New York Works Program is not only an investment to improve the safety of the transportation system in our community but these significant projects will benefit our local economy," said Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton. "The investment of more than $2.5 million in our transportation system will also result in the creation of much-needed jobs in Tompkins County."

 

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 Southern Tier are as follows:

 

RegionProgramProject NameProject DescriptionTotal Project Cost
S. TierRoadsRoute 17/I86 Conversion, Tioga CountyThis project is being accelerated from SFY 2013/2014, and will upgrade a portion of Rte 17 in Tioga County to meet interstate standards for I-86 designation.$12,000,000
S. TierBridgesSR 352 Patterson Bridge Replacement ProjectThis project is being accelerated into this fiscal year from SFY 2013/2014. This bridge carries the major commuting route to the city of Corning, serving 17,00 daily users and is critical to the city's downtown commercial district. The bridge is currently at risk of being closed, and the replacement project ensures this vital artery to Corning remains open.$32,200,000
S. TierBridgesOQUAGA LAKE ROAD Over Rte 17 In the Town of Sanford, Broome CountyDeck Replacement$1,522,950
S. TierBridgesI-88 EB Over Rte 369 In the Town of Fenton, Broome CountyDeck Replacement$1,934,040
S. TierBridgesI-88 WB Over Rte 369 In the Town of Fenton, Broome CountyDeck Replacement$1,934,040
S. TierBridgesRte 7 Over BELDEN BROOK In the Town of Colesville, Broome CountyDeck Replacement$630,480
S. TierBridgesLATTA BROOK Rd Over I-86 In the Town of Horseheads, Chemung CountyDeck Replacement$1,480,350
S. TierBridgesRte 12 Over SPRING BROOK In the Town of Greene, Chenango CountyDeck Replacement$474,990
S. TierBridgesRte 17 Over CR 17 In the Town of Colchester, Delaware CountyDeck Replacement$3,430,365
S. TierBridgesRte 417 Over BENNETTS CREEK In the Town of Greenwood, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$2,119,350
S. TierBridgesMichigan Hollow Rd (Rte 961J) Over Genesee Expressway (I-390) In the Town of Avoca, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$2,843,550
S. TierBridges86I WB Over BHRR In the Town of Bath, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$3,248,250
S. TierBridges86I EB Over BHRR In the Town of Bath, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$3,248,250
S. TierBridges86I WB Over BHRR In the Town of Bath, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$2,492,100
S. TierBridges86I EB Over BHRR In the Town of Bath, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$3,514,500
S. TierBridgesRte 36 Over LODER STREET In the Town of Homellsville, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$2,875,500
S. TierBridgesRte 417 Over TUSCARORA CREEK In the Town of Tuscarora, Steuben CountyDeck Replacement$1,288,650
S. TierBridgesRte 38 Over WILSON CREEK In the Town of Newark Valley, Tioga CountyDeck Replacement$372,750
S. TierBridgesHalstead Avenue (Rte 962G) Over Rte 17 In the Town of Owego, Tioga CountyDeck Replacement$2,057,580
S. TierBridgesRte 17 EB Over FULTON STREET In the Town of Barton, Tioga CountyDeck Replacement$783,840
S. TierBridgesRte 17 WB Over FULTON STREET In the Town of Barton, Tioga CountyDeck Replacement$783,840
S. TierBridgesRte 222 Over FALL CREEK In the Town of Groton, Tompkins CountyDeck Replacement$489,900
S. TierBridgesGULF SUMMIT ROAD Over Rte 17 In the Town of Sanford, Broome CountyDeck Replacement$3,993,750
S. TierBridgesRte 10 Over WEBSTER BROOK In the Town of Delhi, Delaware CountyDeck Replacement$639,000
S. TierRoadsRoute 14 from Broad Street to Veteran TL - Chemung CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$750,750
S. TierRoadsRoute 328 from State Line to SR 14 - Chemung CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$2,250,750
S. TierRoadsRoute 225 from S. Corning to Golden Glow - Chemung CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$2,920,750
S. TierRoadsRoute 17, Broome County Line to Hancock, Mill & Fill - Delaware CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$7,533,481
S. TierRoadsRoute 17, Hancock to Fish's Eddy, Mill & Fill - Delaware CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$5,232,000
S. TierRoadsRoute 13 from Chemung CL to Tompkins CL - Schuyler CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$220,750
S. TierRoadsRoute 34B, RT 38 TO TRIPHAMMER RD, TOMPKINS COPavement Preservation Treatment$995,987
S. TierRoadsRoute 38: RT 366 FREEVILLE TO GROTON VIL LN, TOMPKINS COPavement Preservation Treatment$1,071,821

 

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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