August 25, 2015
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Accelerated Paving Projects Set to Begin

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Paving set to begin on Hoosick Street and Route 787 in the Capital Region and on portions of Route 18 and Route 33A in the Finger Lakes


Governor Cuomo announced that resurfacing projects in Rensselaer, Albany and Monroe Counties are set to begin as early as next week. Construction on a $3.07 million project to repave Hoosick Street (Route 7) in Troy, Rensselaer County, and Route 787 in Cohoes, Albany County is scheduled to start next week. In addition, construction is set to begin on a $4 million project to resurface portions of Route 18 (Latta Road) in Greece and Rochester and Route 33A (Chili Avenue) in Gates, Monroe County. The work is part of $75 million in resurfacing projects across New York State that were accelerated into this construction season in order to repair widespread damage caused by deep frost last winter.

“With another winter just around the corner, this administration is doing everything in its power to ensure that crucial maintenance and repairs to New York’s roadways are completed in order to be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store,” Governor Cuomo said. “By completing these projects now, we’ll be able safeguard against future damage, and the long traffic delays that come with it, down the road.”

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “By advancing this paving into 2015, Governor Cuomo has guaranteed that these roads will be able to better withstand upcoming winter weather and will continue to be safe for Capital Region and Monroe County travelers. These resurfacing projects and other preventive maintenance activities allow us to make cost-efficient investments to keep our roads and bridges in a state of good repair.”

Capital Region:
The project will pave Route 787 in Cohoes from Tibbits Avenue to Saratoga Street (Route 32) and Hoosick Street (Route 7) from 8th Street in Troy to Hillcrest Avenue in the Town of Brunswick.

Paving on the 1.8-mile stretch of Route 787 is scheduled to begin next week and continue through early October. Cohoes work will largely occur during weekday daytime hours using off-peak lane closures. Three Saturday daytime work sessions are also expected to occur. Both directions of Route 787 will remain open at all times, and all properties in the area will remain accessible for emergency vehicles.

Sidewalk work on Hoosick Street in Troy is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 14, with paving of this 1.6-mile stretch to follow. Work will continue into November. To minimize impacts to traffic, all milling and paving on Hoosick Street will occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Work on sidewalks may have isolated impacts to traffic between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Otherwise, all lanes on Hoosick Street will be open during daytime hours during NYSDOT’s work, and all properties in the area will remain accessible for emergency vehicles.

Work on Hoosick Street will include installing sidewalk ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The City of Troy also is performing a project on Hoosick Street to adjust drainage gates and manhole covers ahead of NYSDOT’s pavement resurfacing.

The contractor for this project is Rifenburg Construction, Inc., of Troy.

Senator Neil Breslin said, “It is critical that we continue to maintain and improve upon our community’s infrastructure. By accelerating these road improvements we will ensure the safety of our motorists for the winter ahead."

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione, Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, said, “Safe, well-maintained roads are vitally important for motorists and communities. The past brutal winter season wreaked havoc on our local roads and other critical infrastructure. These accelerated paving projects will help repair the damage and ensure better, safer roadways for motorists throughout the 43rd Senate District and across the Capital Region. I thank the Governor for moving forward with an accelerated pace for these important projects.”

Assemblyman John McDonald said, “Roadways such as Hoosick Street and Route 787 in Cohoes are major thoroughfares connecting Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. I am appreciative of the Governor and the New York State Department of Transportation for ensuring that critical roads, as part of the Capital Region’s transportation infrastructure, are maintained and repaired in a timely manner. I am pleased that these projects are underway before the start of another winter season.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “Maintaining roads in the Northeast is a challenge particularly with the harsh winter we experienced earlier this year. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for ensuring that Albany County roadways have the necessary funding to make sure we can keep those drivers safe who travel on them.”

Cohoes Mayor George E. Primeau Sr. said, “I’d like to thank the Governor’s Office and members of NYSDOT for making this happen here in Cohoes. Over the years I have had a great working relationship with Sam Zhou from DOT (Region One) who is a true professional at his job. Having a new surface on Route 787 in Cohoes as it is the major gateway into our city is a big positive as new surface makes for safer travel.”

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia said, “As the second most traveled corridor in the Capital Region and a major gateway the Collar City, the repaving of Hoosick Street represents a significant infrastructure investment for the City of Troy. I want to thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation for including Hoosick Street in the harsh winter weather paving program.”

Finger Lakes:
Both highways in Monroe County will be milled and resurfaced to improve the overall condition, as well as provide a smooth riding surface for motorists. Sidewalks and ramps will be repaired and fresh pavement markings will be applied.

Work on Route 18 (Latta Road) will take place between Manitou Road and the Lake Ontario State Parkway as part of a $2.5 million project. The ramps at the Route 390 interchange also will be resurfaced.

Work on Route 33A (Chili Avenue) will take place between Westside Drive and the bridge over the Erie Canal as part of a $1.5 million project. The project also includes resurfacing a short section on Howard Road from Chili Avenue to just past the post office and along Route 204 (Brooks Avenue) from Chili Avenue to east of Old Beahan Road. Damaged drainage structures along these routes will be repaired.

At both locations, motorists can expect lane closures and alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers through the day. Work at the Route 390 interchange will require ramp closures with short term detours posted during nighttime hours or on weekends.

The construction contractor for the projects is Sealand Contractors, of Rush, Monroe County. Work is expected to take approximately six to eight weeks and be complete by November.

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.

Senator Joe Robach said, “As Senate Transportation Committee Chairman, it is great to see these state resources being put to good use. These projects will upgrade our local infrastructure and roadways, and improve safety for drivers and passengers who use these roads every day.”

Assemblyman Peter Lawrence said, “The Latta Road Corridor is a major gateway for motorists who are traveling through one of Monroe County’s largest towns and serves as an important thoroughfare for residents and business owners. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Transportation are committed to improving the infrastructure and safety of our roads and have selected Latta Road as a priority project as we prepare for the upcoming winter months.”

Assemblyman David Gantt said, “This project is important to maintain safe and efficient travel in the Gates community. Harsh winters have inflicted significant damage upon many of our roadways and we must continue to address these issues proactively.”

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said, “These two road improvement projects represent an important investment in our public infrastructure. Monroe County has been rated 1st in the Nation for Easy Commuting and we look forward to these important projects contributing to that well-deserved reputation."

Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini said, Route 33A (Chili Avenue) is a key transportation route in Gates for business and residents alike. The rehabilitation of Chili Avenue will provide commuters a smoother ride, allow greater efficiency in the transport of goods and give business owners a more welcoming environment for customers. I want to personally thank the Governor for his investment in Gates.​

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said, “I am grateful to the Governor for his financial support of this project and his investment in our transportation system. Ensuring the integrity of our infrastructure is at the core of providing the safety of our residents as they travel throughout town. This stretch of Latta Road is the main route of travel throughout the Town of Greece; in particular with its direct connection to Route 390. These improvements are desperately needed and I know our residents will be the real benefactors once the project is completed.”

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