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NYS: $357 million in new pavement renewal projects

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Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:15 pm

Incorporates construction techniques that reduce fuel consumption & decrease production of greenhouse gas emissions

Funding supports pavement revitalization projects in every region of state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $357 million in funding for the renewal of roadways in every region of New York. These infrastructure renewal projects will incorporate the use of environmentally conscious construction techniques such as warm-mix asphalt and cold-in-place asphalt recycling that can be applied at significantly lower temperatures, thereby reducing fuel consumption and decreasing the production of associated greenhouse gas emission during construction. These techniques also allow existing materials to be reused and can reduce the amount of materials that would otherwise be trucked to landfills.

The projects announced are currently being designed and construction will begin next spring.

"New York continues to lead the nation in demonstrating that infrastructure investments supporting economic growth can be balanced with protecting our precious environmental and natural resources," Cuomo said. "These investments are laying the foundation for sustained growth in tourism and business development while enhancing the resilience of the supporting infrastructure."

This funding, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, will support 135 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,740 lane miles of pavements across New York. The projects will be implemented in a manner that is sensitive to the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals established in New York State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive climate laws in the world.

State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Under Gov. Cuomo's leadership, New York state is building back better and in a sustainable manner that will support regional economic development for decades to come. New York is leading the way by incorporating climate-friendly strategies into our historic investments in resilient transportation infrastructure."

New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy, chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation, said, "Investment in our infrastructure directly impacts our local economies across New York state, providing a safe pathway for the transportation of goods and services that so many rely on. Strong transportation networks are critical to attracting new jobs and businesses, and as we build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding for environmentally conscious repairs will be an essential component to New York's recovery."

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli, chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, said, "I thank the governor for this important announcement. Improving and maintaining our infrastructure will be important as New York's economy continues to recover from the pandemic. These projects will provide jobs and ensure our businesses can keep commerce moving safely and efficiently."

On July 18, 2019, Cuomo signed into law the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. New York's climate act is among the most ambitious climate laws in the world and requires New York to reduce economywide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and no less than 85% by 2050 from 1990 levels.

In Western New York, projects include:

•Approximately $42.5 million in projects to renew 234 lane miles of the following roads in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties:

√ $3 million to resurface I-86 from Exit 28 (Cuba) to Exit 29 (Friendship) in the towns of Cuba and Friendship, Allegany County.

√ $1.4 million to resurface Route 21 from North Andover Village limit to the vicinity of the Route 21/244 intersection in the towns of Alfred and Andover, Allegany County.

√ $1.0 million to resurface Route 243 from Cattaraugus County line to 700 feet south of the intersection of Route 243/Brookside Drive in Allegany County.

√ $13.8 million to resurface I-86 from exit 17 to exit 20 in the towns of Cold Spring, Red House and Salamanca, and in the City of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County.

√ $961,000 to resurface Route 16 from the bridge over Elton Creek (at Church Street) to Erie County line in the Village of Delevan and Town of Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County.

√ $1.8 million to resurface Route 20 from Pennsylvania state line to the Village of Westfield in the towns of Ripley and Westfield and the villages of Ripley and Westfield, Chautauqua County.

√ $12.8 million to resurface I-290 from I-190 to I-90 in the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, Erie County.

√ $2.1 million to resurface Route 263 (Millersport Highway) from Route 270 (Campbell Boulevard) to Route 78 (Transit Road) in Erie County.

√ $5.6 million to resurface I-190 Northbound from Route 384 (Buffalo Avenue) to Route 31 (Witmer Road) in the City of Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara, Niagara County.

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