New Bridge in the Town of Chili Enhances Safety and Improves Travel and Access to Local Neighborhoods and Businesses
Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" Strategies - Governor Cuomo's Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiatives to Grow Regional Economies
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that major construction has been completed on a project to replace the Route 33A (Chili Riga Center Road) Bridge over Black Creek in the Town of Chili, Monroe County. The new steel multi-girder bridge will enhance safety and accessibility along a critical link between the towns of Chili and Riga in Monroe County and improve access to the nearby Black Creek Park. The new span has just opened to traffic after just six months of construction and in time for Labor Day weekend.
"Projects like this are not only about safety and traffic flow - they're about creating better connections and improving quality-of-life for local residents," Governor Cuomo said. "This new bridge over the Black Creek will be a major boost for residents and commerce in the Finger Lakes region and is further evidence of our continued commitment to transforming infrastructure across this great state."
The new bridge replaced a structure that was more than 90-years-old with a modern span that is wider than the previous bridge and able to accommodate 11-foot-wide travel lanes and six-foot-wide shoulders, providing enhanced safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. While the new bridge is open to traffic, construction activities may continue throughout the coming weeks as finishing work on the $1.9 million project continues.
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Modernizing our infrastructure and making our roads and bridges accessible to everyone is key to keeping our communities safe and prosperous. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment to building back better, the Town of Chili and its residents will benefit from a new, more resilient bridge - improving the safe movement of people and commerce for decades to come."
Representative Joe Morelle said, "Ensuring the safety and accessibility of motorists and pedestrians alike is critical as we work to enhance transportation infrastructure across the Finger Lakes Region. The new bridge at route 33A will help accommodate the needs of commuters while enhancing safety measures for community residents and bicyclists. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for their dedication to the swift completion of this project that will help strengthen the future of Monroe County."
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, "Investing in our infrastructure is always a top priority of mine. I was pleased that this important bridge was repaired and is now reopening in time for the winter season."
Assemblymember Harry Bronson said, "Like so many families in Chili, I am pleased to see this project completed. While the construction may have caused temporary inconvenience, now completed, this project will replace the Chili Riga Center Road bridge over Black Creek with a new structure that will be optimized for the current stream alignment and serve the families of Chili and Monroe County for generations to come."
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, "Repairing and replacing our roads, bridges and other infrastructure is critically important to the public safety of our community. The reconstruction of the Route 33A bridge in the town of Chili is an excellent example of the state and county working together to complete a project that will benefit our whole community and will provide improved access to Monroe County's Black Creek Park. I appreciate Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation making this investment in Monroe County."
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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 $8.07 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. 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.