Preventative maintenance to enhance safety & extend pavement service life in Niagara County
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced the start of construction on a $2.8 million highway improvement project on State Route 61, Hyde Park Boulevard, from Lockport Road to State Route 104 in the City of Niagara Falls and the towns of Niagara and Lewiston. Her team said this preventative maintenance project – scheduled to be completed in early 2023 – will help keep this roadway in a state of good repair, delaying the need for costly future repairs.
“Under the leadership of Gov. Hochul, New York state continues to make strong investments in our infrastructure while strengthening Western New York’s transportation network for all users of the road,” Dominguez said. “This project on Hyde Park Boulevard will have lasting benefits for the community, saving taxpayer dollars in the long term while making a positive and immediate difference in the lives of Western New York residents and visitors.”
Her team said, “The project will improve safety for both traffic and pedestrians, helping to ensure regional economic competitiveness.”
The work on Hyde Park Boulevard will include milling and resurfacing 1.6 miles of pavement with a new layer of asphalt. Drainage improvements will be made within the project limits. In addition, traffic signs along Hyde Park Boulevard will be replaced. Pedestrian signals with countdown timers will be upgraded, and curb ramps will be replaced to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt said, “Because of the difficult winters that our region is subjected to, our roads and transportation infrastructure take extensive damage and wear. These proactive and preventative measures by the Department of Transportation will help ensure that State Route 61 remains in a safe travel condition for motorists in the years to come, saving the state and drivers money on potentially costly repairs.”
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello said, “Thank you so much to the state of New York and the New York State Department of Transportation for their continuing attention to the needs of Assembly District No. 145. It is much appreciated by all.”
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 license.