Design-Build Project of Former Route 219 Bridge Completed Ahead of Schedule
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new South Cascade Drive-Miller Road Bridge, formerly Route 219, over Cattaraugus Creek in the towns of Concord, Erie County and Ashford, Cattaraugus County. This $16.9 million project was progressed through the design-build process and was completed ahead of schedule.
"Continued investment in our transportation infrastructure is critical for improving the quality of life for New Yorkers in every corner of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The replacement of the South Cascade Drive-Miller Road Bridge restores this vital link between Erie and Cattaraugus counties that residents and the local economy depend on and helps pave the way for future growth in the region."
The project included the complete removal of the former bridge structure connecting Erie and Cattaraugus counties. The bridge was imploded in June 2016 and construction of a new bridge on the same alignment began immediately. The new bridge will serve traffic for at least the next 75 years, with minimal maintenance needed for the next 30 years. Minor improvements were also made on the South Cascade Drive and Miller Road bridge approaches.
"We are in the midst of an historic effort to upgrade New York State’s roads, bridges and transportation assets for the 21st Century," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today’s grand opening. "The new Route 219 Bridge restores a critical connection between Erie and Cattaraugus counties and affirms Governor Cuomo’s commitment to rebuilding the Western New York economy."
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, this project is a prime example of the great things that happen when government officials at all levels work together to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The timely replacement of the South Cascade Drive-Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek now ensures safe and convenient travel between Erie and Cattaraugus counties for many years to come."
The design-build process, implemented by Governor Cuomo in December 2011, allowed for the combining of design and construction services into a single contract on this infrastructure project to save time on project completion and taxpayer money. Design-build provides cost certainty for the state with contractors assuming the risk for project delays and cost overruns.
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