Second Phase of Ongoing Project Included New Ramps at Lyell Avenue, Replacement of Trolley Boulevard Bridge, Rehabilitation of Canal Bridges and Installation of Concrete Sound Barriers along I-390 featuring Canal-Themed Imagery
Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced major construction work on the $68 million second phase of the ongoing I-390/I-490/Route 31 Interchange Improvement Project in Gates, Monroe County, is now complete. Construction this year consisted of work to rehabilitate the structures carrying Route 390 over the Erie Canal, the creation of a new on-ramp to Route 390 north from Lyell Avenue (Route 31) and the widening and paving of travel lanes along the interchange. Additionally, new concrete sound barriers were installed featuring historic imagery of the Erie Canal's role in the state's transportation system.
"New York State continues to make smart infrastructure investments in Rochester and across upstate, helping spur economic activity and facilitating safe and reliable access on our transportation systems," Governor Cuomo said. "Once complete, the entire I-390/I-490 project will be a game changer for Monroe County and will continue the enormous momentum under our Finger Lakes Forward initiative."
The multi-phase project is part of a series of infrastructure investments strategically aimed at easing access and improving traffic flow along Route 31, Route 390, and the I-390/I-490 Interchange in Monroe County. This is a vital corridor connecting nearly 200,000 daily motorists to centers of economic activity, such as the Greater Rochester International Airport - which completed an $80 million transformation in late 2018 - the Rochester Technology Park, the Eastman Business Park and downtown Rochester.
Last September, Governor Cuomo announced the completion of Phase I of the ongoing I-390/I-490 Interchange project, which began in 2016. Since that time, the new bridge carrying Route 390 over Trolley Boulevard was also completed as part of Phase II and the road underneath the bridge re-opened to traffic following an extended closure during construction. Construction activities in 2018 also included the construction of two new ramps from I-390 and I-490 to access Lyell Avenue, enhancing mobility at the interchange.
This section of the project was constructed with Governor Cuomo's Drivers' First Initiative in mind, aiming to minimize construction impacts to the travelling public. Motorists along Route 390 had access to two lanes of traffic in each direction using lane shifts on the bridges carrying Route 390 over the Erie Canal during the 2019 construction season.
The two bridges carrying Route 390 over the Erie Canal were significantly rehabilitated this past summer, including the installation of new fascia girders, bearings and a full deck replacement. The northbound bridge was also widened and received repairs to the existing abutments and wingwalls. The structural steel on both bridges received a fresh coat of rust-prohibitive paint.
Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "This transformative project will help ensure the safety of the traveling public and improve mobility for commuters in Monroe County. Just as important, this project is part of a major corridor for higher education and world class businesses that hundreds of thousands of people rely upon each day. DOT is pleased to be a part of this exciting project that truly connects a community and we look forward to the seeing the next phases of construction break ground."
Congressman Joe Morelle said, "Improving our transportation infrastructure is essential to the growth and success of our regional economy. Updates made to the I-390/I-490 interchange in Gates will increase ease of access for motorists, reduce delays, and create a safer environment for travel. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for their work on this long-term and dedication to strengthening the future of Monroe County."
Senator Joseph E. Robach said, "As one of our region's most used interchanges, the I-390/490 Improvement Project was critically important to the safety of drivers and commuters in Monroe County. As someone who uses this interchange nearly every day, I am pleased to see the project's completion and the improved functionality of this interchange."
Assemblyman David F. Gantt said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued focus on infrastructure investment. The completion of this second phase will ease access and improve traffic flow for this vital corridor."
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "This project represents a major improvement to the 390/490 interchange. Thousands of residents pass daily through this junction on their way to work, school, or another activity, and we're pleased to see the State invest critical resources here in Monroe County."
Gates Town Supervisor Cosmo A. Giunta said, "I am excited and grateful that this project in my town is finally complete and have heard many compliments from my residents and business owners on the new bridges, roadwork, concrete sound barriers along with the historic imagery which I feel help my beautify town. Thank you, Governor Cuomo."
Minor finishing work will continue, including the installation new guiderail and lighting along the interchange.
Details for the next phases of the project will be shared at future public meetings in early 2020.
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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 $6.1 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.