May 1, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Work Resumes on the $8.9 Million Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway Reconstruction Project

Governor Cuomo Announces Work Resumes on the $8.9 Million Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway Reconstruction Project

Construction Underway on Safety Improvements For State Route 825 in Oneida County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work has resumed on the $8.9 million project to reconstruct a portion of Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway in the City of Rome, Oneida County. Construction began last week on the third and final phase of the Parkway project on State Route 825 in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2018.

"Investing in our transportation network is critical to meeting the demands of our modern economy and providing safe travel for all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "Thousands of residents depend on this Parkway for their daily commute, and this work will help reduce traffic congestion and enhance safety for both drivers and pedestrians now, as well as continue to lay the foundation for future growth in the Mohawk Valley."

Work on the first phase of the project was completed in 2001, which included reconstructing the southeastern end of Route 825 (the Parkway) and installing a roundabout at the intersection Ellsworth and Geiger Roads. In 2004, phase II included construction on the northeastern end of the Route 825.

As phase III of the project, construction has resumed at Ellsworth Road and continuing to Perimeter Road. Work includes removing tree stumps, installing silt fence and stripping topsoil between Hanger Road and the north end of the project. Utility lines will also be moved.

The project calls for the construction of roundabouts at the intersections of Route 825 and Floyd Avenue, as well as Route 825 and Hangar Road, creating a total of three roundabouts on the parkway. It will also construct a new sidewalk on the north side of the highway and a new 10-foot paved multi-use trail on the south side. The multi-use trail will connect to the existing Griffiss Business and Technology Park trail system and the Mohawk River Trail. Additionally, the parking lot at the Mohawk River Trailhead will be reconstructed and paved.

The project will be completed in accordance with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists and ensures that disruptions are kept at a minimum for drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.

To minimize the impact of construction, access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project and pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times. Drivers may experience delays during peak travel times.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver's license.

The Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway project was the recipient of a GreenLITES Gold Award, which is a New York State Department of Transportation environmental sustainability rating program that recognizes the use sustainable methods and practices in project design and implementation.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "This long-awaited project, coming to fruition through Governor Cuomo's record investment in upstate transportation infrastructure, is a huge win for the Mohawk Valley community. The reconstruction of the parkway into a modern, more efficient roadway will improve traffic flow and encourage future economic growth, complementing the growing momentum in the Mohawk Valley."

Senator Joseph Griffo said, "The future growth and revitalization of the Mohawk Valley depends upon improving transportation networks such as the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway that will put the City of Rome and the region in a better position to take advantage of new opportunities. I am proud to support our state’s investments in projects like the Parkway, which will allow motorists, workers and visitors easier access to and from the Griffiss business park."

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said, "This project continues the infrastructure work that makes the Griffiss Business and Technology Park an appealing location for businesses, while at the same time making it easier for Rome residents to travel to major connections in the city. The major investment the state is making improving our road system will not only boost economic development here in the Mohawk Valley, but will lead to safer travel by everyone who uses it."

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr said, "With the final phase of the Route 825 project now underway, Rome will soon be seeing the benefits of a more efficient traffic flow that directs travelers right through the heart of the Rome Business and Technology Park. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for this opportunity to transform Rome and provide even greater economic development potential for Oneida County and the entire region."

Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said, "The City of Rome is very excited that work has begun on the final phase of the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway (State Route 825) which will substantially improve the roadway through the area’s largest business and technology park. We are gratified that Governor Cuomo has chosen to provide $8.9 million to finish the Route 825 project as it is vital to the future economic development growth of not only Griffiss Business and Technology Park, but to the transportation infrastructure of the City of Rome."

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