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$21.3 million Thruway improvement project begins

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the commencement of a major $21.3 million project to enhance a significant portion of the Thruway (I-87) in New York’s Ulster and Greene Counties. Aimed at improving safety and road conditions, the initiative includes comprehensive pavement repairs and resurfacing along a 15.5-mile stretch, benefiting the approximately 40,000 daily drivers. Scheduled for completion in fall 2024, this effort underscores New York’s commitment to bolstering its infrastructure for future generations.

The project encompasses extensive repairs, ranging from full-depth fixes to surface enhancements, targeting the most deteriorated sections of the roadway. Special attention is being paid to shoulder reconstruction and the improvement of structural integrity, ensuring a smoother and safer commute. Additionally, enhancements such as new guiderails and upgraded drainage systems are part of the plan, all financed through toll revenues as part of the Thruway Authority’s ongoing commitment to road safety and quality.

This investment not only aims to prolong the lifespan of this vital infrastructure but also includes significant safety measures like the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement pilot program to protect both workers and motorists. The initiative has garnered support from local legislators, recognizing the direct benefits to commuters and residents alike. With Callanan Industries at the helm, this project promises to significantly upgrade one of New York’s busiest highways, marking a critical step forward in the state’s extensive transportation improvement strategy.

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