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For Immediate Release: 10/31/22
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 |   


Work Includes Full-Depth Repairs and Resurfacing

Project Scheduled to Be Completed By Summer 2023

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the start of a $5.2 million pavement improvement project on the New York State Thruway (I-87) in Ulster County. The work will cover nearly 10 lane miles near exit 18 (New Paltz - Poughkeepsie - NY Route 299), a corridor in New Paltz traveled on average by more than 40,000 vehicles each day.

“Pavement improvements strengthen our infrastructure and continue our commitment to providing a safe and reliable riding experience for the thousands of motorists who travel this Hudson Valley stretch every day,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “The Thruway system is supported by user fees and our priority is to smartly reinvest our toll revenue in projects to ensure that we have a roadway that is built to last.”

The project includes rebuilding the pavement by performing full-depth repairs followed by mill and inlay operations to a two-inch depth on a more than two-mile stretch (between milepost 74.1 to milepost 76.5), both northbound and southbound, and adding new reflective line striping. The project will begin with full-depth pavement repairs, meaning crews will remove and replace the most deteriorated portions of the roadway down to its subbase. The repairs improve the new roadway’s structural integrity. Crews will also address less stressed areas of the roadway by grinding down the asphalt and filling in any ruts to level off the roadway surface. The installation of the asphalt overlay, the last step in providing a smoother ride for motorists, will occur next construction season.

All work is expected to be completed by Summer 2023.

DA Collins Construction, of Wilton, N.Y., is the project contractor.

Motorists may encounter lane closures on the highway along with traffic shifts and stoppages while construction is underway. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Motorists are urged to be alert and follow the posted work zone speed limits and 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. Visit for real-time traffic updates. Motorists can also download the Thruway Authority’s free mobile-app and sign up for TRANSalerts for traffic information.