Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the start of a $26.7 million project to rehabilitate a 13-mile stretch of Interstate 390, spanning from Exit 8 in Geneseo to Exit 10 in Avon, both located in Livingston County. The initiative will enhance travel conditions and safety along the crucial Finger Lakes Region artery while employing new landscaping and tree plantings to establish natural snow barriers and promote environmental protection.
Governor Hochul stated, “This project will help ensure that a vital access route for motorists in the Finger Lakes Region is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, and keep goods and people on the move throughout this picturesque area for many years to come.”
Interstate 390 serves as a vital corridor for residents and visitors traveling between New York State and Pennsylvania. The project will provide a new roadway with a 15-year service life and support the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) environmental goals by planting approximately 1,200 willow trees as natural snow fences, promoting Milkweed growth on six acres of land to bolster pollinating insects, and rehabilitating small culverts for improved stormwater drainage.
This project follows the state’s recent investments in the I-390, such as the $172 million I-390/I-490 interchange transformation, the ongoing $18 million highway and bridge rehabilitation, and the $35 million project for I-390 rehabilitation between Exits 10 and 12 in Monroe and Livingston Counties.
NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez emphasized the significance of infrastructure investments in the region, adding that the project would “enhance resiliency and sustainability of the environment and our infrastructure in the Finger Lakes Region for decades to come.”
The project will span two construction seasons, with completion anticipated for the northbound lanes this year and the southbound lanes next year. Long-term lane closures will be required, reducing traffic to a single lane within the work zone. These closures are expected to be in place by the end of April and removed later this summer, with additional short-term lane closures as needed for crews to finish their work.
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