September 27, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $19.6 Million Route 85 Improvement Project in Albany

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Work Enhances Safety, Improves Access for Motorists


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the $19.6 million project to reconstruct a portion of Route 85 in Albany has been completed. The project made critical upgrades to the safety of the roadway by greatly improving drainage and the driving surface of the road.

"Route 85 is a key part of the Capital Region's transportation network and this project has created a safer roadway for residents, commuters and visitors alike," Governor Cuomo said. "Transportation is vital to a robust economy and the improvements made to Route 85 are just a part this administration's work to rebuild critical infrastructure to help drive economic growth in every part of the state."

This 2.2-mile pavement rehabilitation project replaced the deteriorated 1960s-era concrete pavement on Route 85 from the Route 85 Bridge over the New York State Thruway to Route 85’s terminus at Interstate 90. Work involved the full reconstruction of Route 85 from Western Avenue to I-90. Old concrete was removed and replaced with a new base and blacktop. Every culvert was upgraded or replaced throughout the length of the project, with new pipe linings included. New overhead signs were also installed.

Additionally, entrance and exit ramps throughout the project limits were repaved and the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Zoar Avenue and the Route 85 ramps was improved with new pavement and converted to a full-way stop.

Motorists will continue to see construction signage over the next several weeks as minor post-construction operations are finished ahead of their scheduled November completion.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Route 85 is a key transportation route for commuters, students and, most importantly, provides first responders with access to two major Capital Region hospitals. The improvements we’ve completed reflect Governor Cuomo’s historic investment in roads and bridges of New York State."

Senator Neil Breslin said, "Making critical investments in our infrastructure is a key component to a thriving economy. The reconstruction of a portion of Route 85 will improve safety for commuters, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Driscoll for their strong commitment to help maintain and improve the Capital Region's infrastructure."

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, "Governor Cuomo is to be commended for the investment in and timely completion with minimal disruption of the Route 85 reconstruction project. Route 85 is a major highway connector for towns south and west of the City of Albany and its renovation is great for neighborhoods, area businesses and the entire region."

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said, "I want to commend DOT for undertaking and completing this project in a timely fashion. This roadway serves as a vital connector to the Harriman State Office Campus and was in bad shape prior to this project. The rehabilitation of Route 85 will help commuters get where they are going safely and efficiently."

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, "Route 85 is an important gateway through Albany, connecting those who live in Albany’s neighborhoods, work at our medical institutions and in state government, and attend institutions of higher learning. The completion of the project is a welcome and long-awaited development that will make this artery safer for all who use it."

Traffic volumes on Route 85 range from a daily average of more than 44,300 vehicles near I-90 to nearly 37,100 between Lincoln Avenue and Western Avenue to more than 37,800 near Krumkill Road to 15,400 in the stretch between Krumkill Road and the Thruway.

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