New Bridge Complements "Central New York Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Project Part of "Capital for a Day" Commitment for Central New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the substantial completion of work on a $2.7 million project to replace the North Burdick Street bridge over the Old Erie Canal, in the town of Manlius, Onondaga County. The work, which improves safety and enhances traffic flow, complements Central New York Rising, the Governor's successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative aimed at growing the economy and creating new opportunities in Central New York.
"The replacement of the North Burdick Street Bridge will allow commuters to safely and efficiently get to their destinations while helping to drive the Central New York economy," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in our state's transportation infrastructure today, we are laying the groundwork for future growth in this region and beyond."
The project enhanced the bridge's resiliency to protect against damage from future flooding. The bridge serves as a primary access route for emergency vehicles to and from hospitals in Syracuse. The 90-year-old bridge was replaced with a pre-cast concrete structure, wide enough to accommodate three, 12-foot lanes, including a turn lane, and eight-foot shoulders. The intersection of North Burdick Street and Cedar Bay Road was reconfigured to account for the left and right turn lanes on North Burdick Street, and a three-color traffic signal was installed.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The stronger North Burdick Street bridge will ensure reliable emergency access in the area, while improving traffic flow and making the area safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, which is one reason Governor Cuomo committed to getting this project done for Manlius residents. The relocated Canalway Trail, along with an expanded parking facility, will encourage bicyclist and pedestrian use and improve quality of life for area residents and visitors."
The project also shifted the Canalway Trail approximately 65 feet away from the intersection to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The new, larger parking area, located west of the bridge, provides spaces for 33 vehicles.
The bridge replacement is part of a 47-point plan to advance Central New York that included $13 million in regional infrastructure upgrades. It was announced during "Capital for a Day" in September 2015, when Governor Cuomo spent the day in Central New York meeting with community members, business leaders and government leaders to discuss ways the State can enhance economic opportunity and strengthen communities in Central New York.
Assemblyman Al Stirpe, "I'm so pleased to help announce the completion of the North Burdick Street Bridge project. This project has not only improved the safety of the intersection for vehicles and pedestrians alike, but it has made it easier for everyone to access the Erie Canal Pathway and all its recreation opportunities."
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "The completion of this bridge project is yet another example of Governor Cuomo's continuing focus on improving transportation infrastructure. The new North Burdick Street Bridge will improve traffic flow and safety as well as provide a boost to economic development in our region."
Manlius Town Supervisor Ed Theobald said, "This is a much needed and long awaited improvement to the canal providing beauty, character, functionality and safety for both traveling commuters and canal users. Thank you and job well done!"
Accelerating Central NY Rising
Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.
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