Project Completed on Budget Three Months Ahead of Schedule
New Interchange Designed to Improve Safety and Traffic Flow of Major Roadways
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the $11.8 million "Gateway to Syracuse" Interchange 36 replacement project three months ahead of schedule. The Central New York project incorporates a complete replacement of the old overpass connecting I-81 with the New York State Thruway with a new bridge that will serve as a safe, long-lasting direct link between the two major transportation arteries in New York State. The project complements the state’s record $27 billion investment in roads and bridges, primarily in Upstate New York.
"The new Gateway to Syracuse is a shining example of the remarkable work that is being done to improve infrastructure across Upstate New York," said Governor Cuomo. "New York is renowned for our innovative infrastructure design, and this is one of many projects that will ensure safe and reliable travel for our motorists."
The new overpass is a three lane bridge that includes two lanes from the Thruway (I-90) eastbound ramp to Interstate 81 and one lane from Interstate 81 to the Thruway (I-90) eastbound. The replacement bridge and ramps were designed to last long-term, reduce congestion, and create safer road conditions for motorists. This project was completed in accordance with Governor Cuomo's "Drivers First" initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to ensure that disruptions are minimal to drivers at highway and bridge work zones across the state.
Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation Chair Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo continues to show his dedication and commitment to the development of Central New York. The Interchange 36 replacement project is a direct result of the cooperation between Onondaga County and New York State and will improve safety and strengthen the reliability of our roadways and help spur economic activity."
Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said, "The Thruway Authority is dedicated to providing the safest and most reliable roadway for our motorists, and the expedited completion of the "Gateway to Syracuse" project truly reflects that commitment. The hard work and innovation that went into this project was critical to its completion three months ahead of schedule, and this new interchange 36 will create easier access to the Thruway and other vital transportation arteries throughout central New York."
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco said, "The Interchange 36 replacement project is an important example of how investing in our infrastructure improves the public’s safety, while helping to create jobs and move our economy forward. I am pleased that construction was completed ahead of schedule as this "Gateway to Syracuse" serves each day as a critical route for thousands of commuters, who live and work in the Central New York community."
State Senator David J. Valesky said, "Motorists will now experience enhanced travel conditions thanks to the successful completion of the Gateway to Syracuse interchange."
Assemblyman William Magnarelli said, "I commend the Thruway Authority for completing this project three months early. The Thruway and Interstate 81 are both vital to Central New York's economy and roadway infrastructure. These vital infrastructure improvements will ensure an orderly flow of traffic at this key interchange."
Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter said, "Central New York is a crossroads at the heart of our state. Upgrades like this new interchange are critical because they keep us connected to the broader economy."
The contractor for this project, Cold Spring Construction Co. of Akron, NY, was able to use an on-site batch plant to produce concrete, which allowed for a consistent, high-quality mix and aided in significantly reducing the timeline for construction. The new design of Interchange 36 features a two-span, continuous steel plate girder bridge with a concrete deck. The metalized weathering steel girders provide a durable bridge that requires minimal maintenance throughout its lifespan.
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