Consistent With the Governor’s Driver’s First Initiative, Project Will Minimize Impacts to Local Traffic
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work will begin this week on a $7.8 million project to rehabilitate the Burrstone Road Bridge over the North-South Arterial in the city of Utica in Oneida County. This important safety project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
“Investing in our transportation network is critical to meet today's needs and to foster future economic prosperity,” Governor Cuomo said. “By restoring and upgrading this bridge in the heart of Utica, we can ensure safe travel for New Yorkers and visitors alike, while supporting economic growth with improved connectivity between businesses and communities throughout the Mohawk Valley.”
The Burrstone Bridge, which consists of three spans and provides a vital connection, east to west within the Greater Utica area, will undergo a major rehabilitation to preserve the existing bridge. The work will include repairing the concrete deck, joints and bearings; replacing or repairing concrete abutments, piers, sidewalk and median; upgrading bridge railing; and painting.
Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Driver’s First initiative, the project has been designed to minimize impacts to traffic. At least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained on the bridge at all times. Signed detour routes will be in place for any local road closings. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times, though drivers may experience delays during peak driving hours.
“Rehabilitating these bridges will improve safety and mobility for those who live in, work in and visit the Mohawk Valley,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll. “While work is underway, take it slow and be patient as you drive through the work zones and along the detour routes to keep these construction zones safe for motorists and our workers.”
State Senator Joseph Griffo said, “We appreciate that the Governor recognizes the need to repair and improve the roads and bridges across our region and state, and I am pleased that significant funding has been directed to this important bridge project in our community. As we look to strengthen our vital infrastructure, I will continue to work with the Governor to ensure that similar projects have the resources they need to provide safe bridges and roadways for all our travelers.”
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said, “The Burrstone Road Bridge is one of the most heavily travelled in the Mohawk Valley. This project reflects Governor Cuomo’s continuing commitment to upgrading major roads and bridges throughout the region. Infrastructure is one of the most important quality of life assets for our communities. This project, along with the nearly-completed rehabilitation of the North-South Arterial will greatly improve safety and mobility for drivers and pedestrians for many years to come.”
Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri said, “Governor Cuomo knows that strong transportation infrastructure supports economic development and helps ensure that we can all get to where we need to go. This bridge project and so many other state investments are helping to revitalize Utica and the entire the Mohawk Valley, making it a better place to live, work and play for us and our children’s children.”
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’s license.
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