Two-Year Project Includes Safety Upgrades on High Traffic Corridor That Serves More Than 77,000 Motorists a Day
Work Will be Completed During Off-Peak Hours to Limit Traffic Congestion and Disruptions For Travelers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that phase two of a two-year, $17.7 million pavement restoration project on the New York State Thruway (I-90) eastbound in Albany County resumes this week. Evening and overnight paving work began Monday, May 1 on I-90 eastbound between exit 24 (Albany, I-87 & I-90) and exit 25 (Schenectady, I-890) and will continue nightly for the next two months. Paving will also take place at the on and off ramps at exit 24 and exit 25. The project is scheduled to be completed this summer.
“Investing in New York’s infrastructure is critical to driving local economies and ensuring the safety of the millions of travelers who depend on our roads and bridges every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this project to repave and upgrade I-90 in Albany, we strengthen this vital artery for Capital Region commuters and ensure its viability for years to come.”
The paving is the second phase of a two year, $17.7 million project which includes safety upgrades, new guiderails and improvements to road conditions to more than 18 lane miles of the Thruway. Phase one was completed in the fall 2016 and included paving of the westbound lanes, new guiderails, new signage and improved drainage.
Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said, “The Thruway Authority’s number one priority is the safety of our motorists on our system. This is a critical thoroughfare that connects two major cities in the Capital Region, Albany and Schenectady, and by reinvesting toll dollars, this project ensures that the thousands of motorists that drive this stretch each day will be able to enjoy a safe, well-kept roadway.”
Motorists should expect single and double lane closures as necessary to complete the project. Lane closures will begin at 6 p.m. each night and all lanes will be re-opened prior to the morning peak travel period starting at 6 a.m.
The project is being 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.
The scheduled work will be performed by Rifenburg Construction from Troy, New York who will also use a new nighttime lighting system developed in conjunction with New York State Department of Transportation and the Associated General Contractors of New York State. The “balloon” lighting is intended to reduce glare, save energy and reduce lighting costs on a project.
Additionally in 2017, the New York State Thruway Authority plans to open bids to resurface 434 lane miles and reconstruct or rehabilitate 22 lane miles along the Thruway’s 570 mile stretch of roadway.
Variable Message Signs and Highway Advisory Radio on 1610 AM will advise motorists of lane closures.
In case of inclement weather, the work may be postponed.
Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. said, "These enhancements will improve conditions on a very heavily-travelled section of the Thruway, leading to safer and more efficient travel for residents and visitors to the Capital Region."
Senator Neil D. Breslin said, "It is critically important to have safe, reliable infrastructure. The pavement restoration project at I-90 Exit 24-25 will ensure that our roads are safe and in particular, for the more than 77,000 motorists a day that utilize this section of the highway. Additionally, a majority of this work will be done during off-peak hours to minimize any congestion and disruption to travelers. I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Thruway Authority for their ongoing commitment to modernizing the Capital Region's roads and bridges."
Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy said, "The efforts to upgrade safety features on I-90 in the Capital Region will help protect the over 77,000 commuters and travelers that use this stretch of our state thruway system each day. I commend the NYS Thruway Authority for their efforts to complete this project with minimal disruption to traffic flow."
Albany City Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan said, "The safety-based improvements to I-90 made by the New York State Thruway Authority will enhance the gateways into and out of the City of Albany. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and Acting Executive Director Bill Finch for their dedication to investing in the Capital City and the Capital Region."
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “Thank you to Governor Cuomo for New York State’s continued commitment to upgrading one of the busiest stretches on the I-90 corridor in the Capital Region. The eastbound lanes of that section of the Thruway bring tens of thousands of drivers to exits 24 and 25 and to other roadways connecting them to the state’s capital each day for business and tourism. This continued investment is crucial and the fact that the work will be done in off-peak hours to limit disruption to travelers is welcome news.”
Town of Guilderland Supervisor Peter G. Barber said, "I thank Governor Cuomo and the Thruway Authority for their continuing commitment to maintaining highways and bridges. This latest infrastructure improvement which includes safety upgrades to a vital transportation corridor is essential to promoting economic growth."