April 3, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Accelerated Road and Bridge Projects in the Hudson Valley as Part of NY Works Program

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $217,860,381 investment for 38 NY Works projects that will repair 287 miles of roads and 23 bridges in the Hudson Valley and create thousands of jobs. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.


NY Works will reinvent state economic development with an innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing all investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.


"For the second straight year, New York State has worked and passed a balanced and transformative budget based on fiscal responsibility, job creation, government efficiency," Governor Cuomo said. "The cornerstone of this budget is the New York Works program, a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state's economy back on track, just the way we have put our state government back on track. This significant investment will rebuild the foundation of the region's economy and create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers."


State Senator Bill Larkin said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo for making New York's roads and bridges a priority. In previous years, New York's infrastructure was placed on the back-burner while money was shifted to other areas. Governor Cuomo knows how important it is to keep New York's roads and bridges up and running, particularly in the Hudson Valley, and NY Works will ensure our families are riding on the safest roads possible."


State Senator Steve Saland said, "For the second consecutive year, we have met our commitment to taxpayers and delivered an on-time budget with no tax increases, lower spending, and incentives to rebuild New York. With the creation of NY Work, we meet our most critical challenge - creating private sector jobs. This plan will put thousands of New Yorkers across the state back to work, address the critically important state infrastructure projects in an expedited manner, and inject millions into the regional and state economy."


"I am pleased that in the process of making essential funding commitments to improve the safety of our transportation infrastructure we are creating much-needed jobs. This investment totals more than $51 million for major road and bridge projects in and around the Hudson Valley including significant improvements to the Route 17 corridor," said Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.


Assemblyman Frank Skartados said, "The New York Works program is a necessary program that will help rebuild our state's failing infrastructure. These projects will not only create a more business-friendly environment; they will also create jobs and make our roads and bridges more efficient and safer for the Hudson Valley families that travel them every day."


The Budget continues the Governor's commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the NY Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.


The Budget includes key economic development and transportation initiatives, important reforms to improve government efficiency, and measures to strengthen communities across the state.


NY Works


Establishes the NY Works Task Force


The NY Works Task Force will coordinate capital plans across 45 agencies and authorities, oversee investment in projects and access to funding, and facilitate the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.


Prior to the NY Works initiative, there was no comprehensive state plan for the $16 billion in annual capital expenditures by 45 state agencies and authorities. In some cases, including with respect to projects by the Port Authority, the MTA, and the Department of Transportation, billions of dollars of taxpayer or commuter funds were being used to fund transportation plans in the same region with no coordination between the agencies. For the first time, the NY Works Task Force will develop a coordinated capital infrastructure plan among agencies and authorities. The Task Force, made up of leaders in finance, labor, planning and transportation will also recommend financing options for projects and methods to accelerate construction of critical infrastructure.


The NY Works Task Force will consist of fifteen members. Nine of the members will be appointed by the Governor and six by the Legislature. All major state agencies and authorities will participate in an implementation council to coordinate capital planning.


All NY Works projects will be posted on the web with real-time updates so that New Yorkers can track the progress of projects in their community. The full list will be posted online over the next several days.


Rebuild Roads and Bridges


The Budget funds the NY Works program with $247 million in state capital funds and $917 million in new Federal funds for a total of $1.2 billion in new spending to accelerate repair, replacement and improvement of deficient roads and bridges. This funding is over and above the $1.6 billion already allocated this year to the core transportation capital program for road and bridge projects. This program is in addition to the advancement of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project that will inject billions more into the regional and state economy.


The additional $1.2 billion in accelerated projects will include: $212 million to address bridge deck and structural replacement or rehabilitation needs on approximately 115 bridges; $250 million for more than 2,000 miles of low cost pavement preservation and pavement treatments; and $687 million for transportation projects of regional or statewide significance throughout the state that had been delayed due to resource constraints.


The NY Works Accelerated Bridge and Pavement Preservation program will expedite projects to immediately create jobs, address critical infrastructure needs, and achieve savings. The Accelerated Bridge and Pavement Preservation program represents a different way of doing business for New York State. Rather than executing 100 different contracts for 100 different bridges, projects will be consolidated under regional contracts a more efficient process that will enable the state to complete critical projects on time and on budget.


As part of the NY Works program, the Accelerated Bridge program is an innovative capital program delivery approach designed to reduce the backlog of deficient bridges in New York State that require replacement. The program will rehabilitate or replace many bridges over a quick time frame resulting in eliminating future maintenance costs as well as create thousands of constructions jobs and stimulate the New York State economy. Currently, 2,500 or 32 percent of the State's bridges are rated deficient. The bridges will be bundled into six statewide Design-Bid-Build contracts and four Design-Build contracts in four geographic areas: Long Island, Hudson Valley, Central and Western New York, and the North Country and Capital Region.


In addition, NY Works establishes a $250 million investment in a Pavement Preservation program that will improve nearly 2,000 additional lane miles of pavement conditions, which is equivalent to a round trip from New York City to Orlando, Florida. Forty percent of the state's pavement surfaces are rated deficient. Similar to the Accelerated Bridge program, paving and resurfacing contracts will be let throughout the State, creating jobs in every region.


The accelerated NY Works Transportation Projects in the Hudson Valley are as follows:

RegionProgramProject NameProject DescriptionTotal Project Cost
Hudson ValleyBridgesSPRAIN BROOK PARKWAY OVER ROUTE 119; BRIDGE REPLACEMENT; BINS 5053371 AND 5053372Bridge Replacement. This project was originally scheduled in SFY 2017/2018. Accelerating this project to this fiscal year will allow DOT to save nearly $3M, as they do not have to expend those funds for bridge repair treatments as it awaited replacement in 2017/2018.$24,200,000
Hudson ValleyBridgesNewburgh-Beacon Bridge South Span Deck Replacement (Orange-Dutchess counties)The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge carries Interstate 84 and serves as the primary commercial route to New England from points west and south of New York. The span reduces commercial vehicle traffic through the congested I-95 corridor and Westchester County. The current South Span Bridge Deck is at the end of its life-span and requires replacement.$81,000,000
Hudson ValleyBridgesNewburgh-Beacon Bridge North Span Lead Abatement and Painting - Phase II (Orange-Dutchess counties)Painting of bridge structures is one of the most cost-effective and proven methods of insuring that bridges do not deteriorate. In addition, removing lead-based paint from structures over the Hudson River is part of an environmentally sound and responsible policy. Accelerating this project remediates an environmental concern while also preserving critical infrastructure.$25,000,000
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 55 Over Rte 44 In the Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess CountyDeck Replacement$2,662,500
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 208 Over OTTER KILL In the Town of Hamptonburgh, Orange CountyDeck Replacement$649,650
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 17K Over EX-NEW HAV RR ROW In the Town of Montgomery, Orange CountyDeck Replacement$511,200
Hudson ValleyBridgesSCOTCHTOWN RD Over Rte 17 In the Town of Wallkill, Orange CountyDeck Replacement$1,352,550
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 311 Over E BR CROTON RIVER In the Town of Patterson, Putnam CountyDeck Replacement$596,400
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 17 WB Over WILLOWEMOC CREEK In the Town of Rockland, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$2,905,320
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 17 EB Over WILLOWEMOC CREEK In the Town of Rockland, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$2,905,320
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 52 Over E BR Callicoon Creek In the Town of Delaware, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$660,300
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 17 Over HAZEL ROAD In the Town of Rockland, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$1,210,905
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 17 Over HAZEL ROAD In the Town of Rockland, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$1,210,905
Hudson ValleyBridgesRIDGE STREET Over I-287 In the Town of Rye, Westchester CountyDeck Replacement$1,927,650
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 125 Over I-95 In the Town of Mamaroneck, Westchester CountyDeck Replacement$1,246,050
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 100C Over Rte 987F In the Town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester CountyDeck Replacement$4,622,100
Hudson ValleyBridgesTUCKAHOE ROAD Over Rte 100 In the Town of Yonkers, Westchester CountyDeck Replacement$2,066,100
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 907W Over Rte 1 X In the Town of Pelham, Westchester CountyDeck Replacement$1,224,750
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 987G Over WAPPINGER CREEK In the Town of Clinton, Dutchess CountyDeck Replacement$3,195,000
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 32 Over MOODNA CREEK In the Town of Cornwall, Orange CountyDeck Replacement$2,662,500
Hudson ValleyBridgesRAMP 52 Over MID MONGAUP RIVER In the Town of Liberty, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$745,500
Hudson ValleyBridgesExit Ramp Over MID MONGAUP RIVER In the Town of Liberty, Sullivan CountyDeck Replacement$905,250
Hudson ValleyBridgesRte 9 Over COUNTY RTE 306 In the Town of Peekskill, Westchester CountyDeck Replacement$3,195,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 9: Old Post Rd to Columbia Co line - Dutchess CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$896,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 9: W. Dorsey Ln to S. Cross Rd - Dutchess CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$1,232,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 300: Rte 208 to NYS Thruway is under - Dutchess CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$1,220,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 113: Rte 9 to Rte 376 - Dutchess CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$952,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 82: Taconic Pkwy to Rte 55 - Dutchess CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$672,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 17 (Future I-86): Exit 122 to Exit 131 - Orange CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$16,800,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 9W: Rtes 209 and 199 to Rte 32 - Orange CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$2,800,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 17, Exit 106 to 112, Mill & Fill - Sullivan CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$6,817,047
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 17, Exit 112 to Orange County Line, Mill & Fill - Sullivan CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$6,712,384
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 208: Rte 17M to V/ Washingtonville - Ulster CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$2,016,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 32: Wallkill River to C/ Kingston - Ulster CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$1,680,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 9W: Lloyd/Esopus line to Clay Road - Ulster CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$1,680,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 22: Middle Patent Rd to Rte 121 - Westchester CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$672,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 172: Rte 117 to Begin Rt 22 Overlap - Westchester CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$1,680,000
Hudson ValleyRoadsRoute 119: Rte 9 to MNRR Harlem line is under - Westchester CountyPavement Preservation Treatment$5,376,000


Specific criteria for including a project in the NY Works Fund are as follows:


Accelerated bridge projects:

  • It is on the State deficient bridge list.
  • Projects that can begin construction in 2012 to immediately reduce the number of deficient bridges.
  • Eligible for federal funding.
  • Approximately 110 bridges can be rebuilt under the accelerated program.
  • Half of the projects will use the State's new "design-build" authority to speed project completion


Accelerated pavement preservation projects:

  • Statewide roadway segments rated fair or poor
  • Best and lowest cost treatments, such single course overlay, mill and fill, etc.
  • Eligible for federal funding.
  • 2000 miles of road repaired


Accelerated regional projects:

  • Projects of regional significance were programmed for outer years only because of lack of funds, but can be accelerated into 2012 to immediately create jobs, deal with critical infrastructure and yield savings.