Route 15A Bridge Rehabilitation Marks Completion of $70 Million Investment to Improve Interstate Access to Businesses and Universities
Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the $70 million Access 390 Interchange 16 project is complete. The investment supported a series of five projects aimed to modernize the interchanges of Interstate 390 at Route 15 and 15A in the town of Brighton, Monroe County, and improve travel between the interstate and busy adjacent roadways, including Kendrick, East River, West Henrietta and East Henrietta roads.
"To ensure safe travel for all motorists, New York continues to invest in infrastructure upgrades across the state to rebuild roads and bridges better than ever before," Governor Cuomo said. "By improving Rochester's highway system, New York is better connecting residents with businesses, easing commutes for travelers, and making it safer and easier for everyone to get to where they want to go."
The project complements "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate economic growth and community development by transforming the I-390 system to improve safety, and support mobility and commerce. The improvements have enhanced access to the University of Rochester and the Eastman Business Park and Rochester Technology Park, which is home to about 60 businesses and is expected to continue expanding, adding 10 tenants and up to 200 new employees annually for the next 10 years.
The final phase of the project included three new off ramps from I-390 north, construction of one new bridge, full replacement of another bridge, and the rehabilitation of a third to significantly improve their overall condition.
The 15A bridge spanning the Erie Canal includes vertical elements with decorative spheres that tie into bookend pylons at each corner of the structure. The bridge pylons feature medallions etched with images of transportation modes, featuring travel by car, boat, bicycle and foot. These serve to promote the many forms of transportation that state corridors accommodate and they are in keeping with the multi-modal "WALK, DRIVE, BOAT or BIKE" series featured on historic interpretive panels installed at the Kendrick Road interchange during an earlier project. Decorative elements on the back of the railing tie the bridge to the Canal and mirror designs on the Kendrick Road overpass.
To remedy commutes and allow for the final phase of construction to begin, new, direct connections between the expressway and Route 15 and Route 15A opened last fall. The updates have improved travel efficiency and highway safety, and reduced delays for the 28,000 motorists who travel along Route 15A to destinations including Monroe Community College, Monroe Community Hospital and the City Gate development. The former configuration of entrance and exit ramps at the I-390/Route 15A Interchange 16 utilized service roads and combined ramps serving both Route 15A and Route 15.
The Access 390 series of projects eased congestion for motorists at several intersections, including a new modern roundabout at East River and Kendrick roads. It also improved pavement conditions in the area, improved the condition of five bridges, and upgraded other infrastructure including signs, guide rail and pavement markings. In addition, a portion of the highway lighting system was replaced with more than a dozen new LED high mast lights.
New York State Department of Transportation Chief of Staff Cathy Calhoun said, "These projects are another example of Governor Cuomo's commitment to providing a sound transportation system that supports local plans to grow the economy. It also provides a safer, more efficient highway system to serve people doing business in the Finger Lakes Region for years to come."
Senator Joseph E. Robach said, "I-390 is an important commuter route for so many Monroe County residents, providing access to many of our area's largest employers, universities and colleges, health care facilities and retail corridors. This investment will improve driving safety for residents and visitors of Monroe County while upgrading our region's transportation infrastructure."
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "The completion of this multi-million dollar modernization project will improve travel conditions for residents and businesses throughout the region. The state's continued investment in our infrastructure helps support the local economy and improves safety for the entire community."
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, "The completion of the Access 390 Interchange project marks a major milestone for our community and signals our continued commitment to supporting the infrastructure needs of the region. By continuing to make critical investments in our infrastructure we are laying the ground work for major development projects that will bolster job growth and strengthen our local economy. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and all of our local partners for their continued commitment to ensuring the economic success of the Finger Lakes region."
Assemblyman Harry B. Bronson said, "This project is a much needed expansion and improvement, and recognizes the traffic needs of the University of Rochester and its neighbors. This project will also ease traffic congestion at peak hours, and improve safety for the many people who travel through the area. I thank everyone involved in bring this project to completion and know it will serve our community for many years to come."
Assemblyman David Gantt said, "The resolution of the Access 390 Interchange project is excellent news for all residents, visitors and students in our community. The Governor's focus on infrastructure investment continues to provide benefits for Rochester and all of Monroe County."
Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, "I want to congratulate Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for the successful completion of the Access 390 Interchange 16 project. In addition to improving the experience of motorists who travel though the area, the project is generating much-needed growth and opportunity in one of Rochester's most important commercial districts and employment centers, including the University of Rochester Medical Center and River Campus, College Town and the CityGate development. I am grateful for the investments Governor Cuomo and his team are making in the Rochester, which boost our efforts to create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens."
University of Rochester President Joel Seligman said, "I want to especially thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership of this important infrastructure project. The I-390/Kendrick Road Interchange project has noticeably transformed this transportation network by making travel much more efficient, enabled substantial growth, enhanced safety, and improved the quality of life of the surrounding community. Visitors to the University of Rochester's River Campus and Medical Center now have much improved access to services and programs."
Monroe Community College President Anne Kress said, "The new Interstate 390 Interchange provides Monroe Community College employees, students, and visitors with faster and safer access to our Brighton campus and Applied Technologies Center. On behalf of MCC, I thank Governor Cuomo and the state for this essential infrastructure investment which will benefit our community for decades to come."
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.