For Immediate Release: June 25, 2018
NYSDOT ANNOUNCES PAVING OF INTERSTATE 86, CHEMUNG COUNTY LINE TO EXIT 52A IN BIG FLATS
$7.3 Million Night Time Maintenance Paving Project to be Completed in 2018Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the EconomyNew York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced that maintenance paving work has begun on Interstate 86 between the Chemung County Line and Exit 52A, Town of Big Flats in Chemung County. Interstate 86, the Southern Tier Expressway, is a vital economic link traversing the Southern Tier of New York State. Of the approximately 22,000 vehicles that travel this stretch of roadway daily, more than 3,000 of those vehicles are heavy trucks transporting goods in and through New York to destinations near and far."Maintaining our interstate highways is extremely important to both the economy and travelers in our great state,” said Acting Commissioner Karas. “This project will enhance the safety, pavement condition and smoothness on one of the most heavily traveled sections of Interstate 86 in the Southern Tier.”This $7.3 million project will address roadway deficiencies by restoring pavement and completing minor repairs to some interchange bridges. The primary scope of work includes milling and resurfacing the Interstate travel lanes and ramps and upgrading the guiderail. Interchange cross roads will be paved at Exit 49 (Bridge Street in Big Flats) and at Exit 51A (Chambers Road). Project completion is targeted for November 2018.Maintenance paving work keeps New York’s highways in a state of good repair, and this investment delays the need for more costly, in-depth repairs in the future. The repair and modernization of our state’s transportation infrastructure will enhance safety and ensure that state and local communities remain economically competitive.
Interstate 86 is recognized as the Southern Tier’s corridor to attractive communities, businesses and learning institutions, and provides direct access to the Southern Tier’s Elmira Corning Regional Airport within the project limits. The I-86 project provides continued safe and efficient access for those flying for business and leisure. Located just minutes from the Finger Lakes Region, this corridor is traveled year-round by those wishing to take advantage of arts, culture and shopping, while providing access to some of the northeast’s most picturesque fall foliage.
Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, the project has been designed to minimize impacts to expressway traffic. Milling and resurfacing of the travel lanes will take place at night when the volume of traffic and impacts to motorists are lowest. One lane on the Interstate will be open to motorists at all times during construction. As work progresses, ramps will be temporarily closed at night in order to more safely complete the work. Traffic will be detoured to the next closest ramp during these times. Two ramps at Exit 52 only will be closed completely for up to 21 days because of the need for more extensive work at these locations. Variable message signs will be used to provide travelers with advance notice of these impacts.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.
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Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs.