Project Will Ease Congestion at Intersections of Route 404 (Ridge Road) at Hard Road and Five Mile Line Road in the Town of Webster
New Sidewalks and Pedestrian Crossings Added to Three Additional Intersections Along Ridge Road at Holt Road, Black Cherry Boulevard and Webster Commons Boulevard
Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" Strategies - Governor Cuomo's Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiatives to Grow Regional Economies
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a project to ease congestion and enhance pedestrian safety at the two intersections of Route 404 (Ridge Road) at Hard Road and Five Mile Line Road in the town of Webster, Monroe County. The project also included the addition of new sidewalks and pedestrian crossings to three additional intersections along Ridge Road at Holt Road, Black Cherry Boulevard and Webster Commons Boulevard. This series of intersections is critical to the local economy as it connects residents to the many commercial businesses on this heavily traveled stretch of Ridge Road, which also includes Webster Schroeder High School and Webster Town Hall.
"This project is the latest example of how New York is investing more in our roads and bridges than ever before to ease traffic congestion and enhance pedestrian safety," Governor Cuomo said. "A reliable transportation network is critical to supporting regional economies, and with this project we are once again demonstrating our commitment to moving the Finger Lakes forward."
Work began in August 2017 at the intersection of Ridge Road and Hard Road, which included the installation of a new right turn lane, bicycle lanes and a westbound sidewalk. This intersection has also received new traffic signals with protected left turn arrows in all directions. In addition, the profile of the roadway was changed to improve sight distance for southbound motorists approaching the intersection.
Last fall, construction began at Ridge Road and Five Mile Line Road, which included new ADA-compliant sidewalks, bicycle lanes, extended left turn lanes and new right turn lanes. Crosswalks at the intersection were also upgraded with new pedestrian signals that included countdown timers.
New York State Dept. of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's targeted infrastructure investments, we are enhancing safety and the quality of life not only in the Finger Lakes region but across New York State. The improvements made at these two intersections will benefit the local economy and nearby residents for years to come."
County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "As County Executive, I am grateful that these improvements will increase accessibility and safety along a vital corridor on the east side of Monroe County, while assisting our efforts to bring more jobs to our community. I offer my thanks to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for their continued investment in our mission to build stronger infrastructure and a stronger economy in Monroe County."
In keeping with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, access to businesses and residences were maintained throughout the duration of construction using two-way lane shifts.
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.
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Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward
Today's announcement complements "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.