Cuomo: Construction on two bridges over State Route 17 to begin March 18

By WBNG News

Cuomo: Construction on two bridges over State Route 17 to begin March 18

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced that construction on a $2.3 million project to replace the decks on two bridges over State Route 17 in Sanford, Broome County will begin March 18, as part of the NY Works program.

According to a news release from Cuomo's office:

The bridges carry Oquaga Lake Road and Gulf Summit Road, and the project meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

“The NY Works program ensures that New York State has a safe and stable infrastructure to support our economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “Under our Drivers First initiative, construction on this project will progress in a way that provides the least hassle for motorists traveling in the greater Binghamton area, so that we can get the work done quickly and efficiently.”

The bridge carrying Oquaga Lake Road crosses Route 17 just south of the Village of Deposit. In addition to the bridge deck, the bridge rail will also be replaced. The structure will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic, during construction. The closure will begin on March 18, and work is expected to be completed by the end of May.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured onto Front Street/Old Route 17, then onto Oquaga Lake Road in the hamlet of McClure, then onto Golf Course Road, and finally back onto Oquaga Lake Road. Periodic lane closures on State Route 17 may also be needed.

The bridge carrying Gulf Summit Road crosses Route 17 approximately two miles west of Interchange 82. In addition to the bridge deck, the bridge rail will also be replaced. While the bridge deck is being replaced, traffic will be maintained on site using staged construction, which replaces half of the bridge deck at a time while maintaining alternating one-way traffic on the other half. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal. Periodic lane closures on State Route 17 may also be needed. Work on this bridge is expected to be completed in the fall.

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “Replacing the bridge decks will increase safety for motorists and enhance mobility at an important interchange in the Southern Tier. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s innovative NY Works program, we will see many important safety projects taking place this year, helping to improve our infrastructure, facilitate economic development and create immediate jobs across New York State.”

The plans for this project were established as part of the Drivers First initiative, developed by Governor Cuomo last year. Drivers First requires that capital construction road and bridge projects by the State are reviewed to ensure that work has the least impact possible on highway users. For this project, it was determined that closing the bridge carrying Oquaga Lake Road would allow work to be completed and mobility restored to drivers quickly, while staging construction was the best option for the bridge carrying Gulf Summit Road. It is also imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through this and the many other highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter during the upcoming construction season.

NY Works projects in the greater Binghamton area total $46.5 million and have addressed nearly 50 miles of pavement. This project is part of a $19.8 million contract to replace bridge decks on 19 structures in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Sullivan and Tioga counties. The construction contractor for the project is Economy Paving Co, Inc. of Cortland, Cortland County.

NY Works focuses on improving the condition of bridges from fair condition to good condition in order to extend their service life. This rehabilitation work will better preserve the state’s infrastructure and guard against the need for more costly, in-depth construction. Bundling projects sites within close geographic locations into a single contract enables DOT to lower expenses and obtain lower bids.

Senator Tom Libous said, “The safety of the bridges on Route 17 is very important to me and many of my constituents. It’s great to see the state investing in our infrastructure and being proactive about road and bridge repair.”

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Guilford) said, “The maintenance of our roads, bridges and highways is essential for continued growth, safety and development for the Southern Tier. It is essential for our businesses and commuters. Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program supports our economy by providing much needed infrastructure improvements. I am pleased to see an effort being made to help move the process forward.”

Broome County Executive Debra Preston said, “Repairing our aging infrastructure is paramount to our strength as a community. I applaud Governor Cuomo for addressing the needs of motorists here in Broome County, and those who travel through this beautiful valley. This $2.3 million project through the New York Works Program will replace two deteriorating bridges, as we make travel throughout Broome County safer and more accommodating. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo as we make our infrastructure even stronger.”