Highly-Traveled Staten Island Road Will Be Safer, Less Congested
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the substantial completion of highway project in Staten Island designed to improve access and reduce traffic congestion on the southbound West Shore Expressway, or NY 440. The $7 million project included the construction of two highway ramps, now open, in order to improve traffic flow efficiency in the commercial and residential area.
“Improving infrastructure and reducing congestion is critical to connecting the Staten Island community,” said Governor Cuomo. “With this new configuration, there will be better traffic flow on a major artery of the West Shore Expressway, improving access for businesses, commuters and residents.”
The project included reconstruction of the highway exit ramp leading to Englewood Avenue and other local streets, as well as construction of a new entrance ramp south of Bloomingdale Road along Veterans Road West. All NY 440 traffic now has direct lane connections to the Outerbridge Crossing exit, and will no longer need to change lanes for access.
The new Englewood Avenue Exit 3A exit ramp provides greater access to neighborhoods in Tottenville and direct access to the commercial district in Charleston, which will contribute to economic development in the area. The ramp will also improve mobility by enabling drivers heading to the Charleston commercial district to avoid mainline traffic heading to the Outerbridge Crossing. As local traffic utilizes the new alternate route, this will also reduce congestion for traffic heading to the Outerbridge Crossing and New Jersey.
The new entrance ramp along Veterans Road West replaces the previous entrance ramp at Woodrow Road, which was removed as part of this project. The new ramp will improve access for vehicles from the north and is particularly beneficial to commercial vehicles from the Port Mobile and Rossville areas.
The contractor for the project, Grace Industries of Plainview, NY, will continue work on new lighting, guiderails, drainage and striping, as well as the replanting of 340 trees and 100 bushes that were removed at the start of construction.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “This project provides immediate benefits to Staten Islanders, relieving a known bottleneck and improving traffic flow for commuters and businesses. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we have been able to quickly implement this project at a reasonable cost to benefit all highway users and allow for future economic growth.”
Senator Andrew J. Lanza said, “Today's news means residents will immediately have more direct access to and from retail establishments along the West Shore Expressway. I would like to extend my appreciation to NYSDOT, Assemblyman Borelli, Councilman Ignizio, Borough President Oddo and Governor Cuomo for helping to fast track this project, and I look forward to working with them on continued improvements to this area.”
Assemblyman Joe Borelli said, “This is a great project in terms of increasing access to Charleston and 440, and I believe this will make the highway much safer. I also look forward to working with NYS Department of Transportation about opening up the much needed service roads along the entire length of 440.”
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said, “The West Shore Expressway is a crucial transportation artery for many Staten Islanders, especially South Shore residents. These improvements will help improve traffic flow, increase safety and help provide better access to several South Shore neighborhoods. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and his administration for making these needed improvements.”
New York City Councilman Vincent Ignizio said, “These ramp improvements provide much-needed traffic relief for commuters and better access to one of the fastest growing commercial areas in the state – and it was completed on time and within budget. This was a great team effort between my office, Governor Cuomo, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Joseph Borelli.”