Major Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Finished Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced substantial completion of a $30 million project to reconstruct the southern portion of Interstate 787 between Route 9W (McCarty Avenue) and Route 5 near Exit 3B (Madison Avenue) in Albany. While work to repair bridge bearings and bridge painting will continue through September, no remaining work will impact traffic.
"Our transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and it is vital that it remains in in good repair and able to meet the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. "This roadway is a vital transportation artery for thousands of Capital Region residents and finishing this project before Labor Day means drivers will be able to enjoy safer, more efficient travel for the holiday weekend and beyond."
The project began in 2013 and involved reconstruction of the concrete pavement and rehabilitation of six bridges. Work included repairing decks, replacing joints and bearings and making other miscellaneous concrete and steel repairs on the bridges carrying I-787 over Route 32, over the Thruway westbound connection ramp, north and south over Route 5, and north and south over Route 32 and Broadway.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The southern portion of Interstate 787 is a key piece of infrastructure for the Capital Region and for the state, as it connects downtown Albany to the Thruway and Interstate 90, serving tens of thousands of commuters, long distance travelers and freight shippers each day. As part of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, we worked hard to minimize traffic impacts from construction while building a safer, more efficient highway."
As part of the project, highway signs, guiderail and pavement markings were replaced. New drainage structures were installed.
Senator Neil Breslin said, "Investing in our region's infrastructure is vital to our economic well-being. Interstate 787 is a critical roadway in the Capital Region. With these roadway improvements now completed residents and commuters will be able to get to their destinations in a safer and more reliable manner."
Assemblyman John T. McDonald III said, “I 787 is a major gateway in and out of the Capital City and one that is well traveled and was in dire need of repair and upgrade. I am appreciative that this project is coming to a close. Once again, this effort was undertaken and completed with minimal interruption to the traveling public and that is testimony to the great work of NYSDOT and Governor Cuomo. Additionally, the traveling public has been a critical partner and I look forward to even more work being accomplished throughout the Capital Region as the needs are great and we have allocated resources to catch up on the years of disinvestment”-
Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy said, “I commend Governor Cuomo for recognizing the importance of investing in our infrastructure. Interstate 787 is a critical part of the Capital Region’s transportation network and the completion of this project will improve traveling conditions for motorists, while also supporting our communities and our economy.”
County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “I want to commend the Department of Transportation for continuing to provide updates and rehabilitation of the roadways into Albany. These required projects are crucial to helping our economy grow and to provide safe access to the city and to the Thruway.”
Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan said, “The completed work on 787 is a welcome development for all who use this important gateway. The road is safely and conveniently bringing people to and from our Capital City and connecting the Capital Region to the local economy. Thank you to Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Driscoll and the Department of Transportation for investing in our great city and for making this important project happen.”
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