Safety Work Completed as Part of Empire Bridge Program to Strengthen Infrastructure Across New York
Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - the Region's Comprehensive Blueprint to Generate Economic Growth and Community Development
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of two bridge reconstruction projects in Broome and Tioga counties. The project investment for both bridges totaled $4.5 million, and is part of Governor Cuomo's $542 million Empire Bridge Program aimed at rebuilding critical infrastructure across New York State. The bridge work also complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's $3.1 billion investment to support economic and community growth.
"Providing reliable transportation infrastructure remains a top priority of this state, and by hardening these bridges to withstand extreme weather, we can ensure safe commutes for everyone traveling throughout these communities," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend the hard-working men and women who helped construct these two bridges and look forward to safe travels for local residents, visitors, and businesses in the Southern Tier as the region continues to soar."
Reconstruction of bridges carrying State Route 17C over Patterson Creek in the town of Union, in Broome County, and carrying Route 17C over Campville Creek in the town of Owego, Tioga County, are now complete. This was a $4.5 million project to ensure safe travel during adverse weather conditions. The original Route 17C bridges were built in 1931. Route 17C over Patterson Creek carries approximately 25,000 motor vehicles per day, and Route 17C over Campville Creek carries approximately 3,100 motor vehicles per day. Final paint striping will be completed this summer.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's Empire Bridge Program, these bridges will be able to withstand the severe weather that has become more commonplace, and keep travelers safe."
Senator Fred Akshar said, "Economic development without dependable infrastructure is impossible, and a focus on sound infrastructure in the Southern Tier is just what we need. I applaud the hard work of the entire team at DOT Region 9 for helping to lay the foundation for job growth and development while also keeping our travelers safe on the roads. "
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "A strong infrastructure network is critical to maintaining and growing a strong economy.The state has recognized the importance of infrastructure in Upstate and I'd like to commend the Governor for his attention to our bridges here in the Southern Tier."
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, "Residents of the Southern Tier and Mid-Hudson Valley will now have safer commutes, thanks to the Governor's leadership and this critical investment. I am proud to welcome community development in the Southern Tier, as we support "Southern Tier Soaring," and the continued growth of infrastructure across all of New York."
Tioga County Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey said, "Progress made in our community, and across the state, is critical to increasing our preparedness for weather events and making sure our residents remain safe. Thanks to the Governor's investment and attentiveness to the construct needs of this region, these infrastructure improvements will protect travelers for decades."
The Empire Bridge program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, is replacing 100 aging structures across the state. The new bridges will be more resilient and better able to withstand flooding.
Completion of the Empire Bridge program will afford residents of communities across the state stronger and more resilient bridges, and reduce the potential for highway travel delays and detours during heavy rains and floods. It will ensure continued access to critical lifesaving services in the event of an emergency.
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements "Southern Tier Soaring the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan - attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. 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 Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.
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