September 27, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $16.1 Million Roadway Rehabilitation Project Between Exits 18 and 19 on the New York State Thruway

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Project Replaced 50 Miles of Asphalt and Improved Safety and Road Resilience

Improvements to High Volume Traffic Corridor Completed On Time and On Budget


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $16.1 million roadway rehabilitation project on the New York State Thruway (I-87) between exits 18 and 19. The project replaced 50 miles of asphalt and included numerous safety upgrades and roadway improvements for the more than 42,500 daily motorists who travel the high volume traffic corridor through the Hudson Valley.

"Ensuring our infrastructure remains reliable and able to meet the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers is key to growing the economy in the Mid Hudson Valley and across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The completed project will significantly improve the safety and reliability of the roadway for the thousands of motorists and commercial drivers who use the Thruway every day and help build a stronger economy in the region."

The rehabilitation project included numerous safety and maintenance repairs, such as guiderail improvements, slope flattening along the sides of the roadway and the replacement of 50 lane miles of asphalt. The work was completed on time and on budget.

Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said, "Providing travelers with a safe and reliable highway remains the Thruway Authority’s priority. The roadway improvements between exits 18 and 19 on the I-87 section of our system help improve the travel experience for visitors and New Yorkers alike and will continue to ensure that our superhighway is recognized for being one of the safest in the nation."

Senator John J. Bonacic said, “This $16.1 million project will have a positive impact on motorists travelling on the New York State Thruway. I congratulate the Thruway Authority for completing this project, and look forward to working with them on additional projects in the future.”


Senator George Amedore said, "Maintaining our roads and bridges is so important. The improvements made between exits 18 and 19 on the New York State Thruway will create safer conditions and improved travel conditions for everyone, and I'm glad to see this project completed."

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said, "I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has dedicated funds for roadway rehabilitation in New York State. Improvements to our roads and bridges are critical and I appreciate the improvements being made to the NYS Thruway in Ulster County which are in-line with the County’s investment in infrastructure improvements during these past two years. These enhancements are one of the best ways to help the economy and will make Ulster County an even more desirable destination for travelers who utilize the Thruway in order to explore all that Ulster County has to offer.”

Ulster County Legislative Chairman Kenneth Ronk, Jr. said, "The residents and businesses depend on this highway and clearly a lot of planning went into this project. We appreciate that the Thruway Authority did most of the work during overnight hours that did not impede tourist and commuter traffic."

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.

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