Traffic on Parkway Marks Significant Milestone; Project Completion Slated for Next Year
Parkway Sees an Average of 15,000 Motorists Daily
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the new Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway is open to traffic, a major milestone in the $8.9 million third and final phase of rebuilding the roadway on a new alignment along Route 825 in the City of Rome, Oneida County. The project transformed a two-lane roadway into a four-lane divided highway to ease traffic congestion and improve access to businesses, educational facilities and health services at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
"Investing in our transportation network is critical to meeting the demands of our modern economy and ensuring safe travel for New Yorkers across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "Thousands of Mohawk Valley residents depend on this parkway for their commutes and these improvements will ease traffic flow, enhance safety and support the continued growth well into the future."
This section of the project features two roundabouts at the intersections of Route 825 and Floyd Avenue, and Route 825 and Hangar Road. The roundabouts improve safety and mobility, helping to calm traffic but keep it moving through those intersections. Final paving of the new section of highway will be completed next spring. In the meantime, with traffic off the old Route 825, the construction contractor can begin to demolish the old highway to make room for bicycle and pedestrian amenities.
A new sidewalk will be installed on the north side of the new highway and a 10-foot-wide paved multi-use trail will be built on the south side. The new trail will connect to the Griffiss Sculpture Park Trail and the Mohawk River Trail. In addition, the parking lot at the Mohawk River trailhead will be reconstructed and paved. Landscaping and the installation of decorative concrete also will continue until heavy winter weather begins. That project is scheduled for completion next November.
Early phases of the project started with reconstructing the southeastern end of Route 825 in 2001, including the roundabout at the intersection of Ellsworth and Geiger Roads. The second phase, in 2004, reconstructed the northeastern end of Route 825 to Black River Boulevard.
The Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway project was the recipient of a GreenLITES Gold Award from NYSDOT's environmental sustainability rating program, which recognizes the use of sustainable methods and practices in project designs.
Senator Joseph Griffo said, "It is welcome news to see that work on the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway project continues to progress. When this transformational project is finished, it will make it less difficult for motorists to travel through the area and it will benefit the businesses and other entities at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park because it will be easier for people to visit these locations."
Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi said, "The Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway represents another very significant milestone in the development of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. Infrastructure is very important to businesses considering operations in the Rome area, and this modern, four-lane roadway will connect the Business Park with the State Thruway and a number of other roads. This project will ease traffic congestion at peak hours in the park, and improve safety for the many people who travel through the area."
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said, "The opening of the Veterans Memorial Parkway to traffic marks a major milestone in the completion of this vital project. Once it is finished next year, it will make travel through the Griffiss Business and Technology Park much more efficient and improve the connectivity to the City of Rome. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for making this much-needed investment in Oneida County and I look forward to the benefits it will bring to our community."
Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo said, "With this major milestone of this project, commuters who utilize the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway will have a safer, smoother commute for years to come. I thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for their commitment to the City of Rome and the Mohawk Valley."
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver's license.
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