Project Improves Safety Along Major Interstate Route
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of an $8 million project to replace the northbound and southbound bridges carrying Interstate 81 over Route 80 in the town of Tully, Onondaga County.
“This project will strengthen a vital part of Central New York’s transportation network and will help ensure this remains a safe and dependable roadway for years to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will continue making smart investments in our infrastructure that will support economic growth and create a stronger New York for all.”
The separate northbound and southbound bridges were completely replaced. Both bridges are now wider, and have two twelve-foot lanes, a six-foot left shoulder and a ten-foot right shoulder. Pre-cast concrete panels were used to speed construction. Minor upgrades were made to Route 80, including construction of sidewalks in each direction.
In keeping with the Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, a temporary bridge was built in the median to carry traffic during construction in order to minimize travel impacts.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “This bridge replacement project restores a vital north-south link on the I-81 corridor, which supports commuter, recreational and commercial traffic. Governor Cuomo’s commitment to improving New York State’s roads and bridges will enhance safety and encourage economic development in Central New York.”
Remaining work includes removal of the temporary bridge, its substructure and the median crossovers, as well as minor shoulder reconstruction and site cleanup. All work is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Congressman John Katko said, “I’m glad to see these important bridge projects nearing completion. Keeping our regional infrastructure in good repair is critical for economic growth, safety, and quality of life.”
Senator David J. Valesky said, “Regular maintenance and repair of our State’s transportation infrastructure is critical to ensure the safety of drivers and continued economic growth. Thank you to Crane Hogan and Laborers Local 633, our local construction partners on this project, for their outstanding work.”
Assemblyman Al Stirpe said “Investing in our infrastructure keeps motorists safe, puts people back to work, and ensures the region’s businesses, farms and manufacturers can get their products to market. The completion of this new bridge is great news for the people of Tully and all the residents of Central New York who travel this important corridor. I thank the Governor and the Department of Transportation for a successful project."
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “Reducing travel times and improving connectivity for commerce and commuters keeps this state competitive. This is just one more example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to improving Central New York’s transportation network.”
The construction contractor for the design-build project is Crane Hogan, located in Spencerport, Monroe County. Work began last fall.
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