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For Immediate Release: 09/16/19
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov

STATEMENT BY THRUWAY AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MATTHEW J. DRISCOLL

As I indicated in my initial letter, the Thruway Authority is ready to begin work to make the necessary repairs to this section of the Thruway and now seeks the SNI’s cooperation – nothing more. Instead of moving forward and agreeing to have the Authority begin work, the SNI – in public comments in the local media -- is now requesting a meeting to “discuss larger transportation needs,” which will only create unnecessary delays to this critical work. While the Authority is not aware of what “larger transportation needs” the SNI refers to, we would nevertheless be happy to meet to discuss the other alleged issues once we have an agreement in place to address the work we both know needs to be completed. There is no reason to delay and hold the traveling public hostage to other purported issues that are clearly unrelated to conducting repairs to the Thruway. The Authority is once again requesting the SNI enter into a simple Project Specific Agreement (PSA), as has been done in the past, to ensure this work can be completed quickly and safely.

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