Bridge, Pavement, and Safety Repairs Made on Interstate 88 and Route 10
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of road and bridge improvement projects totaling $22 million in the Mohawk Valley. Two separate projects included resurfacing a portion of Route 10 in Schoharie County, and addressing pavement and bridge conditions on Interstate 88 in Otsego County.
"Investing in strong, dependable transportation infrastructure helps improve commerce, while defusing traffic and supporting the overall regional economy," Governor Cuomo said. "By making smart, cost-effective investments in the Mohawk Valley, New York can ensure safe travels for residents and visitors for years to come."
In Otsego County, a $20.6 million project was completed to rehabilitate 25.8 miles of concrete pavement with an asphalt overlay on I-88 between Exit 12 in Otego and Exit 13 in Oneonta.
The project included making general maintenance repairs on all 12 bridges carrying I-88 along that stretch. The work included repairing steel and replacing the top section of concrete on several bridge decks. The highway was resurfaced as part of the project, shoulders and guide rail throughout the area were repaired or replaced, and drainage systems were also improved.
This stretch of I-88 averages approximately 13,000 vehicles per day. Trucks and buses account for more than 40 percent of that traffic, making it an important economic corridor.
A second $1.5 million project is complete in Schoharie County that involved resurfacing an estimated five miles of State Route 10 from Baldwin Road to Ploss Road in the towns of Summit and Richmondville. The road safety project was budgeted for $2 million, but was completed more than $500,000 below budget.
Maintenance paving work keeps New York's highways in a state of good repair, and this investment delays the need for more costly, in depth repairs. The repair and modernization of our state's transportation infrastructure will improve safety and ensure that state and local communities remain economically competitive.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Interstate 88 is an important connection between the Southern Tier and the Capital Region for both travelers and commerce, while the Route 10 corridor links I-88 with numerous towns to the north and south. Governor Cuomo's investment in essential maintenance work across the State boosts our transportation system and supports the local, regional and statewide economies."
Senator James L. Seward said, "A sound infrastructure is crucial to public safety and economic growth. I hear from constituents regularly on highway improvement needs - they travel these roads on a regular basis and are the first to identify trouble spots. These projects address demonstrated needs in Schoharie and Otsego counties and are welcome upgrades. I appreciate Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation recognizing the importance of this work for our future."
Assemblyman William Magee said, "This investment in Otsego County's infrastructure is beneficial to the local economy, as well as enhancing the safety and quality of life for travelers throughout the region, and I am grateful to all involved for its timely completion."