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

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$236,558,699 Investment to Repair 272 Miles of Roads and 17 Bridges


Albany, NY (April 3, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $236,558,699 investment for 45 NY Works projects that will repair 272 miles of roads and 17 bridges in the Capital Region 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 Steve Saland said. "For the second consecutive year, we have met our commitment to taxpayers and delivered an on-time budget with no tax increases, lower spending, and incentives to rebuild New York. With the creation of NY Work, we meet our most critical challenge - creating private sector jobs. This plan will put thousands of New Yorkers across the state back to work, address the critically important state infrastructure projects in an expedited manner, and inject millions into the regional and state economy."

 

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 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."

 

"The transportation funding included in the state budget will improve the traveling conditions of our roads and bridges, safeguarding our residents and visitors. Equally essential, this is a major investment in our economy. The New York Works Program is an investment of nearly $62.5 million in bridges and nearly $29 million in roads in the Capital Region. An additional $145 million in the repair and restoration of the Patroon Island Bridge (I-90) over the Hudson River improves a major access point to the New York State Capitol," said Ronald Canestrari, Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly.

 

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.

 

Rebuilds 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 Capital Region are as follows:

 

Region
Program
Project Name
Project Description
Total Project Cost
Capital Region
Bridges
    I-90 Bridge over Hudson River (Patroon Island Bridge).
    Bridge Deck and Steel Replacement to address condition rating of this critical infrastructure carrying I-90 in Albany and Rensselaer. This project was originally scheduled to start in SFY 2015/2016, and would have been
    done in four of five separate contracts with a five to eight year construction plan. Now, the project is accelerated into this fiscal year, will be done as a single contract and will be constructed in two years.
$145,000,000
Capital Region
Bridges
    Congress Street Bridge Over I-787 In the Town of Watervliet, Albany County
    Deck Replacement
$12,311,400
Capital Region
Bridges
    Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge NB Over PUMP HOUSE ROAD In the Town of Halfmoon, Albany County
    Deck Replacement
$10,181,400
Capital Region
Bridges
    Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge SB Over PUMP HOUSE ROAD In the Town of Halfmoon, Albany County
    Deck Replacement
$10,181,400
Capital Region
Bridges
    Rte 20 Over WYOMANOCK CREEK In the Town of New Lebanon, Columbia County
    Deck Replacement
$777,450
Capital Region
Bridges
    Rte 23 Over SUTTON HOLLOW CRK In the Town of Ashland, Green County
    Deck Replacement
$223,650
Capital Region
Bridges
    Rte 22 Over EAST CREEK In the Town of Stephentown, Rensselaer County
    Deck Replacement
$244,950
Capital Region
Bridges
    Rte 22 Over DILL BROOK In the Town of Petersburgh, Rensselaer County
    Deck Replacement
$193,830
Capital Region
Bridges
    Washington Avenue Over I-90 In the Town of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County
    Deck Replacement
$969,150
Capital Region
Bridges
    I-90 WB Over KRAFTS ROAD In the Town of Schodack, Rensselaer County
    Deck Replacement
$649,650
Capital Region
Bridges
    I-90 EB Over KRAFTS ROAD In the Town of Schodack, Rensselaer County
    Deck Replacement
$649,650
Capital Region
Bridges
    Rte 912Q Over Rte 9 In the Town of Lake George, Warren County
    Deck Replacement
$692,250
Capital Region
Bridges
    Rte 23B Over CLAVERACK CREEK In the Town of Claverack, Columbia County
    Deck Replacement
$4,260,000
Capital Region
Bridges
    State Street (Rte 5) Over Crosstown Connection (Rte 7) In the Town of Schenectady, Schenectady County
    Deck Replacement
$852,000
Capital Region
Bridges
    Western Gateway Bridge (Rte 5) Over RAMP-SCCC PARKING In the Town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County
    Deck Replacement
$18,105,000
Capital Region
Bridges
    Crosstown Connection (Rte 7) Over I-890 In the Town of Schenectady, Schenectady County
    Deck Replacement
$2,130,000
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 9W, from Mile Point 6.2 to Mile Point 10.36, Albany County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,385,280
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 32, from Mile Point 17.62 to Mile Point 20.94, Albany County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$805,970
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 9W, from Mile Point 3.63 to Mile Point 6.2, Albany County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$311,070
Capital Region
Roads
    Route 66, Claverack Creek to Rte 203, Columbia County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$2,016,000
Capital Region
Roads
    Route 9H, Rtes 9 and 82 to Rte 66, Columbia County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,344,000
Capital Region
Roads
    Route 20, Rensselaer Co. to Begin Rt 22 Overlap, Columbia County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,120,000
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 4, from Mile Point 0 to Mile Point 1.4, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$466,200
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 7, from Mile Point 4.01 to Mile Point 9.75, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,911,420
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 20, from Mile Point 8.04 to Mile Point 18.67, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$3,554,180
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 2, from Mile Point 15.43 to Mile Point 20.71, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$937,932
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 22, from Mile Point 18.48 to Mile Point 23.76, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$934,748
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 22, from Mile Point 27.37 to Mile Point 29.39, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$360,728
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 40, from Mile Point 7.96 to Mile Point 10.85, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$515,040
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 40, from Mile Point 13.06 to Mile Point 15.56, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$444,000
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 43, from Mile Point 16.62 to Mile Point 19.60, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$529,448
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 67, from Mile Point 0.64 to Mile Point 5.46, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$854,656
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 67, from Mile Point 1.87 to Mile Point 5.92, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$719,280
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 151, from Mile Point 4.73 to Mile Point 6.26, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$271,927
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 351, from Mile Point 3.72 to Mile Point 5.15, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$254,168
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 355, from Mile Point 1.13 to Mile Point 2.75, Rensselaer County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$286,336
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 197, from Mile Point 1.4 to Mile Point 4.4, Saratoga County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$667,600
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 30, from Mile Point 0 to Mile Point 4.69, Shenectady County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,422,070
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 7, from Mile Point 0 to Mile Point 11.2, Schenectady County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$2,263,400
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 29, from Mile Point 5.32 to Mile Point 14.98, Washington County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$2,830,010
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 4, from Mile Point 28.06 to Mile Point 32.31, Washington County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$752,624
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 22, from Mile Point 6.59 to Mile Point 9.06, Washington County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$438,472
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 22, from Mile Point 21.15 to Mile Point 24.12, Washington County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$527,272
Capital Region
Roads
    Rt. 40, from Mile Point 5.48 to Mile Point 11.10, Washington County
    Pavement Preservation Treatment
$1,000,088

 

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
  • Projects that can begin construction in 2012 to immediately reduce the number of deficient bridges.
  • 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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