$75 Million Project Improves Mobility and Safety in Wallkill, Orange County
New York State Governor Cuomo announced the completion of a $75 million project that reconstructed Exit 122 on New York State Route 17 in the town of Wallkill, Orange County. The project is part of ongoing improvements that are being made to Route 17 to meet federal interstate standards and re-designate the road as part of Interstate 86.
“By making critical investments in New York’s transportation infrastructure, we are protecting millions of drivers and commuters and building stronger communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “This newly completed interchange will reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and ensure motorists traveling along the Route 17 corridor are safe and secure for years to come.”
“This project enhances mobility throughout the region, supports economic development and provides safer access to the local community, including the Orange Regional Medical Center, an important health care facility in the county,” New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership NYSDOT will continue to deliver projects with similar results throughout the state.”
The reconstruction of exit 122 included the redesign of exit and entrance approaches to Route 17 and the realignment of East Main Street and Crystal Run Road in Wallkill. These enhancements addressed critical safety and operational deficiencies in order to fulfill national requirements to upgrade Route 17 to interstate standards. Work included constructing a new Main Street bridge; installing a reinforced concrete tunnel to move traffic from Interstate 84 eastbound to Route 17 eastbound and carrying Route 17 eastbound traffic to local roads; rehabilitating the bridge carrying Route 17 over Interstate 84; and installing new traffic signals and street lights for the length of the project. An estimated 994 jobs were created related to the reconstruction of Route 17.
Additional project features included the creation of an access road and parking area for a canoe launch to the Wallkill River, as well as a newly constructed 107-space park and ride lot, which will support access to bus services and provide thousands of Orange County commuters with car-pooling opportunities.
The licensed contractor for the project was A. Servidone/B. Anthony Construction, Joint Venture of Castleton, NY. Work began in November 2012. Minor finishing work remains and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, “Projects like this are why I fought for New York investments in the Highway Bill and a terrific example of what happens when folks across state, local, and federal levels work together to get results for our neighbors. This is important for the growth of Orange County's economy, and a key step in our work to upgrade Route 17 to I-86.”
Senator John Bonacic said, “I am pleased to have played a significant role in seeing this $75 million project come to fruition. The reconstruction of Exit 122 on Route 17 will improve the safety of motorists, and make it easier for consumers to access local businesses in the Town of Wallkill. I thank the State for making this project a priority, and look forward to seeing its benefits.”
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther said, “This is a welcome end to a long and storied project. Motorists now have a better, safer exit with more convenient access to healthcare, retail, and local businesses. I have been proud to support this project from its inception, and I applaud Governor Cuomo for his commitment critical transportation projects like Exit 122.”
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “This work is important because Exit 122 off of Route 17 represents a very important corridor for commerce in the heart of Orange County. It will also reduce congestion for commuters. The timing of the completion of this project is perfect with the holidays here.”
Wallkill Town Supervisor Dan Depew said, “This has been another year of great progress here in the Town of Wallkill, I am pleased to work with the state and county to make noticeable, needed improvements to the infrastructure we all depend on.”
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