December 20, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Re-Opening of Two Bridges on I-81 in Onondaga County Following Rehabilitation Projects

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Bridges Reopen to Traffic After $20.9 Million in Improvements in Salina and Brewerton



Investment Complements "Central NY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that two bridges have reopened following rehabilitation projects on Interstate 81 in Onondaga County. The two projects cost a total of $20.9 million and were funded by a combination of federal and state funds. All travel lanes on the bridges are now open, and the work will be completed in full in early 2018.

"I-81 is a vital roadway and economic engine in Central New York, that thousands of residents and businesses depend on," Governor Cuomo said.  "Rehabilitating these bridges is one more way we're strengthening and modernizing the state's transportation infrastructure, enhancing mobility and laying the groundwork for future growth across New York."

"Governor Cuomo knows that a strong transportation system supports mobility and economic growth, which is why he's making smart investments across New York State to modernize and strengthen our infrastructure for today and tomorrow," New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas said. "These bridge projects are improving safety and helping to extend the life of I-81."

I-81 over Route 11 in Salina

The work includes an $11.5 million rehabilitation of mainline I-81 northbound and southbound, plus the southbound collector road bridges over Route 11 in Salina. The project repaired and smoothed the driving surfaces and replaced bridge joints. Additional work will repair bridge concrete and repair and paint steel beams.

I-81 over the Oneida Lake Outlet in Brewerton

The $9.4 million project on the northbound and southbound I-81 bridges over the Oneida Lake Outlet in Brewerton was a major rehabilitation that smoothed the driving surface and reduced the thickness of the bridge decks, lightening their loads and extending their service lives. Concrete barriers replaced the original steel railing for enhanced driver safety. New and innovative devices installed under this project will monitor the bridge conditions to allow for automatic notification to State personnel if conditions change.

Senator Patty Ritchie said, "Interstate 81 is a main link to communities throughout New York State, including those I represent in Central and Northern New York. It is critically important that we make investments in our roadways not only for the safety of those who travel them, but also so that businesses can transport goods easily and in turn, boost our economy. I am pleased that these projects, which will result in a stronger, more reliable transportation network for Upstate New York, have been completed."

Senator David Valesky said, "Maintenance of our infrastructure will ensure continued safety for those who rely on Interstate 81 for personal and commercial business. I am pleased that these rehabilitation projects are now complete and the routes are fully open for travelers."  

Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter said, "Strong infrastructure is the bedrock of a strong economy here in Central New York. I am extremely pleased about the reopening of these two critical bridges, which provide vital links to help this region continue its growth and move forward."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo's continued investments in our infrastructure provides a solid foundation for Central New York's future. These bridges are critical components of Central New York's transportation network and we greatly appreciate the work that was done to rehabilitate these vital structures."

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, communities across the state have seen a much improved infrastructure. The completion of the Brewerton Bridge project in Oswego County is a proven example of the State's commitment to keep vital transportation points in proper condition. I thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support for the improvement of the infrastructure in Oswego County."

Accelerating Central NY Rising

Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

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