Improvements to Increase Access to Griffiss Business and Technology Park Complements State’s Record $27 Billion Investment in Roads and Bridges
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work will begin next week on an $8.9 million project to reconstruct a portion of the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway, along Route 825, in Oneida County. The project will replace the existing two-lane highway with a four-lane divided highway from Ellsworth Road to Perimeter Road, increasing safety and accessibility to the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
“Investing in our transportation network is critical to meeting the demands of our modern economy and ensuring safe travel for New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “Thousands of Mohawk Valley residents depend on this Parkway, and these improvements will allow commuters to rely on it for safer and less congested travel for years to come.”
As part of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative, and to minimize the impact of construction, access to businesses and pedestrian traffic will be maintained throughout the project’s duration. Drivers may experience delays during peak driving hours and should plan for extra travel time.
The project includes the reconstruction of roundabouts at the Floyd Avenue and Hangar Road intersections of the Parkway. A new sidewalk will be built on the north side of the highway, and a 10-foot, paved, multi-use trail will be developed on the south side. The multi-use trail will connect to the existing Griffiss Business and Technology Park trail system and the Mohawk River Trail. As part of the project, the parking lot at the Mohawk River Trailhead will be reconstructed and paved, and the railroad crossing on Ellsworth Road will also be replaced.
This is the final portion of the highway’s reconstruction. The majority of reconstruction will be built just northeast of the existing road, allowing construction to take place with minimal disruption to travelers. Traffic is expected to begin using the new alignment by the end of 2017, with project completion scheduled for the end of 2018.
Senator Joseph Griffo said, “As the Mohawk Valley continues its momentum toward economic revitalization, improving transportation networks such as the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway will put the City of Rome and the region in a better position to take advantage of new opportunities. I am proud to support our state’s record investments in upstate road and bridge projects like the Parkway, which will allow motorists, workers and visitors easier access to and from the city’s business center.”
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said, “Infrastructure is one of the first things companies look at when they’re considering a move to the Mohawk Valley region. This project ensures that the Griffiss Business and Technology Park is accessible for tenants and their customers, and also creates a safe expressway for residents and visitors to Rome. When this project is finished, it will help encourage more growth and economic development in the Mohawk Valley.”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said, “We are pleased to see this $8.9 million investment come to fruition. This another example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to rebuilding Upstate’s Infrastructure. The reconstruction of the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway is essential to the growth of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park as well as the City of Rome and Oneida County. A modern road will increase economic activity while supporting development. This also a win for recreation and wellness in our community as we connect the Mohawk River Trail with the Griffiss Business and Technology Park trail system.”
Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said, “We thank Governor Cuomo and the legislature of the State of New York for approving reconstruction of the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway. This long anticipated project will greatly facilitate and improve traffic flow with replacement of the existing two-lane highway with a four-lane divided highway. The Griffiss Park is home to thousands of employees, important military missions, high tech businesses and light manufacturing industries. This project will further enhance the transportation network in the City of Rome and we are grateful for the Governor’s support.”
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “This long-awaited project, coming to fruition through Governor Cuomo’s record investment in Upstate transportation infrastructure, is a huge win for the community. Reconstructing the parkway into a modern, more efficient road will allow economic activity to thrive and will support future development.”
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