Big improvements are coming to the New York State Thruway, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul.
A series of projects were announced this week in Western and Central New York, which would mean major improvement to the interstate.
In Western New York a $46 million investment for two pavement improvement projects in Erie and Genesee counties. The two projects include resurfacing of more than 100 lane miles of the Thruway between exit 47 (Rochester – LeRoy – I-490 – NY Route 19) to beyond exit 48A (Pembroke – Medina – NY Route 77).
“New York is investing billions of dollars into rebuilding and improving roads, bridges, and other infrastructure to ensure our transportation systems are safe and reliable for generations to come,” Governor Hochul said. “As the gateway to Western New York, this 26-mile section of the Thruway is a vital corridor for commuters, tourists, and commercial traffic and is an engine for local economies. New York is building back stronger from the pandemic and delivering a state-of-the-art, 21st century infrastructure worthy of New Yorkers and domestic and international guests.”
In Central New York, an $84.2 million infrastructure improvement project is already underway to rehabilitate a five-mile section of the Thruway, reconstruct a ramp, rehab two bridges, and replace another one entirely.
“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.”
The work in Onondaga County will take place in both directions between west of exit 37 (Syracuse – Liverpool – Electronics Parkway) to exit 39 (Syracuse – Fulton – I-690 – NY Route 690).
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).
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.