Project Includes Pavement Reconstruction, Bridge Rehabilitation and Bridge Replacement on Section of I-90
Numerous Safety Upgrades Include Wider Shoulders, New Guiderails, New Signage and Striping
Project Expected to Be Complete in Fall 2023
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced an $84.2 million infrastructure improvement project on the Thruway (I-90) in Onondaga County is underway. The project includes pavement reconstruction on a five-mile section of the Thruway (I-90), ramp reconstruction, the rehabilitation of two bridges and one bridge replacement.
"This infrastructure investment project on the Thruway in Onondaga County addresses aging infrastructure and further enhances the safety and reliability of our transportation system in New York State," Governor Hochul said. "Investing in infrastructure projects is essential to maintaining a modern and efficient roadway that connects our communities and transportation networks across the state. By strengthening our infrastructure through projects like these, New York is on the road toward becoming more efficient, competitive and prosperous."
Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Jr. Driscoll said, "Reinvesting toll revenue back into the roadway for infrastructure projects such as this $84 million project in Central New York improves safety for motorists and provides important structural upgrades to three bridges in this area. With approximately 35,000 vehicles traveling on this section of the Thruway daily, these improvements support New York's economy and keeps goods and services moving efficiently across the state."
Approximately five miles of the Thruway (I-90) will be reconstructed in both directions between west of exit 37 (Syracuse - Liverpool - Electronics Parkway) to exit 39 (Syracuse - Fulton - I-690 - NY Route 690).
All traffic on I-90 in this area has been shifted to the westbound lanes for construction on the eastbound lanes.
The project also includes the rehabilitation of the Onondaga Parkway bridge over I-90 (milepost 287.11) and the Onondaga Lake Outlet bridge over I-90 (milepost 287.25), as well as the replacement of the CSX Railroad bridge over I-90 (milepost 288.13).
Additionally, the exit 39 (Syracuse - Fulton - I-690 - NY Route 690) ramp will be reconstructed, and pavement repairs will be completed at exit 38 (Syracuse - Liverpool - County Route 57).
Numerous safety upgrades include wider shoulders, new guiderails, new signage, reflective line striping for enhanced safety, drainage improvements and the installation of living snow fence are also included in the project.
In fall 2022, all traffic will be shifted back to the original configuration in the eastbound and westbound lanes for the winter.
Beginning in spring 2023, the westbound lanes of I-90 from just before exit 37 to exit 39 will be reconstructed as well as the westbound lanes of the three bridges. At that time, all traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound section of I-90 in this area.
Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc. of Glenmont, NY was awarded the contract. The entire project is expected to be complete in fall 2023.
Variable Message Signs have been illuminated and to advise motorists of the construction work. The work is weather dependent and subject to change.
Motorists are reminded that in New York State, 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 license.
State Senator Rachel May said, "As the major artery that connects Central New York to other parts of the state, we must ensure the Thruway is safe and well-maintained for drivers. Not only does this project rehabilitate the roadway and area bridges in Onondaga County, but it also significantly enhances the Thruway's safety with several upgrades. Across Upstate, we face challenging weather events that wreak havoc on our infrastructure, so it's exciting to see the NYS Thruway Authority project go forward with these improvements while also creating many good jobs."
State Senator John W. Mannion said, "Communities across the 50th Senate District continue to benefit from historic state investments to upgrade our local highway infrastructure. This $84M project will deliver resurfacing and safety upgrades along five miles of the New York State Thruway that runs through the heart of Central New York. It will also fund the modernization and repair of bridges and the reconstruction of the Exit 39 ramps. I commend Governor Hochul for her unwavering commitment to improving Central New York's roads and bridges."
Assemblyman William Magnarelli said, "Our communities rely on our transportation networks every day to get them where they need to go. Investing in the Thruway reinforces New York State's commitment to enhance our statewide infrastructure."
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, "One of the most important responsibilities of government is to provide safe and reliable infrastructure for our residents and Onondaga County has a proud track record of doing just that. Just as important is having partners who share that commitment. Thank you to New York State and the Thruway Authority for this latest investment into our community."
For up-to-date travel information, motorists are encouraged to download the Thruway Authority's mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go.
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