Project Strengthens Vital Agricultural and Manufacturing Corridor in Oneida County
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $18.9 million to replace the bridge carrying Route 8 over Routes 5 & 12 interchange in the Town of New Hartford, Oneida County. Replacement of this bridge will enhance the regional competitiveness of agricultural and manufacturing industries in the Mohawk Valley Region.
"By investing in critical travel corridors such as this one on Route 8, New York continues to provide unprecedented support to facilitate growth in upstate agricultural and manufacturing sectors," Governor Cuomo said. "At the end of the day this work will help retain and attract businesses and reduce the cost of moving goods, uplifting the regional economies in the process."
Route 8 is an essential north-south freight corridor serving agribusinesses and manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region and across New York State. Replacement of this bridge in the Town of New Hartford will ensure that dairy farmers can continue to deliver fresh product to the Chobani dairy processing plant located in Town of Edmeston. In addition, the Route 8 corridor is part of the statewide manufactured/mobile home network that is essential for the transportation of over-dimensional loads. The bridge replacement will allow for increased vertical clearance, which enhances safety, improves reliability and ensures efficient movements for vehicles of all sizes.
Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Governor Cuomo is reaffirming his commitment to ensuring the economic viability of the Mohawk Valley through strategic investments in transportation infrastructure which pays dividends, like job creation. Increasing access and decreasing the cost of freight transportation is critical to the continued growth of this region."
This project was identified through the development of New York State's first comprehensive Statewide Freight Plan. The Statewide Freight Plan is intended to provide a framework to address current and near-term state of good repair improvements for freight infrastructure, as well as a plan for mid-term needs and efficient long-term growth in the freight system. The goal-driven plan also identifies operational and policy issues to be addressed to ensure optimization of the State's essential highway freight network.
Senator Joe Griffo said, "Replacing, modernizing and rehabilitating our infrastructure is an important endeavor that can have a big impact on the vitality and well-being of our communities. This project will result in a new and improved bridge, which will benefit motorists, better connect neighborhoods and help to drive economic opportunity in the Mohawk Valley."
Assembly Member Brian Miller said, "The interchange of Route 5, 8 and 12 is integral to our region's traffic flow. I am very pleased that after working hard with our local and state officials to advance this project that the Governor is announcing the funding needed to fix and improve the Route 8 bridge. I look forward to continuing to work together with him to improve the state of our infrastructure throughout the region so that we can continue to maximize the our local economy's potential."
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said, "The replacement of the Route 8 bridge over Routes 5 & 12 will greatly improve the safety and efficiency of the traffic flow on one of Oneida County's key arteries. I thank Gov. Cuomo for funding this project and recognizing the importance it will have in enhancing the growth of our region."
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