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For Immediate Release: 4/05/19
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES START OF $27.2 MILLION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN ALBANY AND GREENE COUNTIES

Two Projects Include Resurfacing and Safety-Related Improvements to Approximately 80 Lane Miles of the NYS Thruway (I-87) in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley

Projects Will Benefit Approximately 18 Million Drivers Per Year Along Busy Commuter Corridor into Albany Region

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the start of two infrastructure and pavement improvement projects on the NYS Thruway (I-87) in Albany and Greene Counties. The two projects, totaling $27.2 million, include the resurfacing of approximately 80 lane miles south of exit 23 (Albany – Troy – Rensselaer- I-787- Route 9W) to exit 21 (Catskill – Cairo – NY Route 23), a high-traveled corridor into the Albany and surrounding areas. The approximately 20 mile stretch serves more than 49,000 motorists a day, and more than 18 million motorists a year.

“These important infrastructure projects are strategic reinvestments into upgrading the Thruway system in this busy corridor,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. “When completed, the thousands of motorists traveling to and from work, school, and other destinations each day will have a smoother and safer drive for many years to come.”

The pavement improvement projects will take place on the NYS Thruway (I-87) between exit 21 (Catskill – Cairo – NY Route 23) and exit 23 (Albany – Troy – Rensselaer- I-787- Route 9W). The projects feature the milling and resurfacing of approximately 80 lane miles of roadway to the north and southbound travel lanes of the Thruway. The project also includes the installation of new mile markers and reflective line striping for enhanced safety.

Disruptions to motorists will be kept at a minimum as work is scheduled to take place nightly Monday through Friday between 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. through the end of the year, weather permitting. Over $100 million has been invested into improvement projects in the Albany area within the past eight years.

The projects are being completed by Callanan Industries from Albany, NY.

Minimal delays are anticipated through the duration of the project. Motorists can find scheduled lane closures before traveling on the Thruway’s website and by using its free mobile app.

Travelers should be prepared to reduce speeds and drive alert when passing through construction zones. Recognizing and understanding the signs found in construction zones is essential to a safe trip for all drivers and roadside workers. Obey the posted speed limits in these areas and remember that speeding fines are doubled in work zones. 

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