Albany Update

Yonkers Contracting Completes Nearly $45M Pavement Improvement Project on Section of NYS Thruway

ALBANY—New York State officials recently reported the completion of a $44.6-million pavement improvement project on the New York State Thruway I-87 in a critical corridor spanning Rockland and Orange counties used by approximately 92,000 vehicles each day.

Starting last May, Yonkers Contracting Co., Inc., the project contractor, conducted full-depth pavement repairs that involved work crews removing and replacing the most deteriorated portions on a nearly 10-mile stretch of roadway (from milepost 29.4 to 38.7) in both directions, covering approximately 60 total lane miles and improving the structural integrity of the roadway. Crews installed a new two-course asphalt overlay to provide a smoother ride for motorists, installed new guiderails, and upgraded drainage systems and culverts, state officials said.

Overseen by the Thruway Authority, the work covered nearly 10 miles between Exit 15, New Jersey I-287, Route 17 South, in the Town of Ramapo in western Rockland County to the Town of Tuxedo in southern Orange County.

Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Frank G. Hoare said, “Tens of millions of vehicles travel this section of our entire system annually—for work, commerce and leisure—and these improvements will make the driving experience that much easier for those using the Thruway or connecting to Interstate 287 or Route 17 in New Jersey. Lower Hudson Valley residents and visitors will benefit from this investment for years.”

The Thruway Authority’s approved 2024 Budget invests a total of $451 million to support its Capital Program, which is scheduled to invest $2.4 billion into capital projects over the next five years—a $500-million increase compared to the 2023 Budget. In 2022, motorists took more than 376 million trips and drove 7.7 billion miles on the Thruway system.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, “We appreciate the New York State Thruway for the completion of its $44.6-million Pavement Improvement Project. This section of the Thruway is traveled by 92,000 vehicles daily, many of whom are Rockland residents who rely on it heavily due to this county’s severely limited mass transit options to the city.”

Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “Safe and reliable infrastructure is important to Orange County residents, especially for our commuters who utilize the Thruway daily. The completion of this project comes at the perfect time with the holiday season upon us and traffic increasing. I thank the New York State Thruway Authority for completing this work on Interstate 87.”

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