Project will Alleviate Potholes and Address 9 Miles of Wear and Tear
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work will begin on an $11.9 million project to resurface a northern section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway on Monday, April 3. Road improvements will be made on the parkway within the towns of Haverstraw and Stony Point in Rockland County, and the towns of Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County.
"This stretch of the Palisades is a vital part of this region’s transportation network that is depended upon by Rockland and Orange residents and helps drive the local economy," Governor Cuomo said. "These repairs will help increase the safety and efficiency on the critical roadway and help keep it viable and in good repair for years to come."
Approximately nine miles of the Palisades Interstate Parkway will be resurfaced, from just north of the Bookstore/Service Area on the Parkway, south to the Route 202 interchange. Highway construction will involve diamond grinding the roadway surface and repairing concrete. Additionally, areas of the road will receive new asphalt.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The Palisades Interstate Parkway is a critical highway for residents and visitors in the state, carrying thousands of travelers each day and supporting the regional economy. With Governor Cuomo's investment in critical transportation infrastructure projects, we will work to keep New York State’s essential roadways in good condition."
This project will also include new pavement markings, the installation of joint sealer in joints and cracks, as well as the cleaning and repairing of drainage basins. Traffic signal loops will also be replaced as necessary.
Some parkway sections under construction may be closed and lane closures should be expected to ensure the safety of motorists and work crews. When necessary, motorists will be detoured and signs will guide drivers back to the parkway. Closures will be announced through media advisories and on 511NY. All construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2017.
The project will be completed in accordance with the requirements of Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey said, "Investing in improved and resurfaced roads will reduce damage to vehicles and costs to motorists, increase the resiliency of our parkways, and improve safety for residents and travelers. I am pleased New York State is updating critical Lower Hudson Valley infrastructure like the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to increase federal investments in local infrastructure projects."
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, "Anyone who has driven on parts of the Parkway knows that this is a critically needed investment to make our road safer and less hazardous. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for prioritizing local infrastructure projects in the Hudson Valley – repairing our roads is better for our drivers, creates good-paying construction jobs and grows our economy."
Senator William Larkin said, "This vital infrastructure project will help create safer driving conditions for both residents and visitors. I thank Governor Cuomo for his support and look forward to working with him on future infrastructure projects. We must not lose sight of how important these projects are to economic development and improving the overall quality of life for our local families."
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski said, "This paving is absolutely critical for Rockland commuters. As the Palisades Parkway has transformed into a major thoroughfare, the increase in volume combined with harsh winters has resulted in a deteriorated condition. I am grateful to the Governor and Department of Transportation for recognizing the severity of Parkway’s conditions and I hope that this paving a step toward a full rehabilitation of the exit 10 north corridor."
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, "We are pleased to see that the northern section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland is being resurfaced. I genuinely appreciate the efforts of Governor Cuomo to move this matter forward to improve safety on this critical roadway."
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, "We appreciate Governor Cuomo's investment into infrastructure on the Palisades Parkway, which is a very important artery for Orange County commuters. Travelers will benefit from this significant improvement, which is gratifying to all of us."
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 license.
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