For Immediate Release: 04/11/23
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THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES START OF $9.7 MILLION PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ON I-87 IN ORANGE AND ULSTER COUNTIES
Project Includes Full-Depth Repairs and Resurfacing
Project Scheduled to Be Completed By End of this Year
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the start of a $9.7 million pavement improvement project on the New York State Thruway (I-87) spanning Orange and Ulster counties. The work will cover nearly eight miles between interchange 17 (Newburgh - Scranton - I-84 - NY Routes 17K & 300) in the city of Newburgh in Orange County to the town of Plattekill in Ulster County. Approximately 42,000 vehicles use this corridor daily.
“This project will help ensure a smoother ride for the tens of thousands of motorists who travel this section of Thruway each day,” Thruway Authority Interim Executive Director Frank G. Hoare said. “It is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the driving experience for all who use our 570-mile system.”
The project will begin with full-depth pavement repairs, meaning crews will remove and replace the most deteriorated portions on the nearly eight-mile stretch of roadway (from milepost 60.1 to 63 northbound and milepost 60.1 to 68 southbound). The repairs will improve the new roadway’s structural integrity over approximately 22 total lane miles. 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 is the last step in providing a smoother riding surface.
Safety improvements will include new guiderail, additional reflective line striping and upgrades to acceleration and decelerations lanes at interchange 17.
The majority of repairs and paving operations will occur overnight to reduce impacts to motorists. All work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Callanan Industries, Inc., of Albany, is the project contractor following a competitive bidding process.
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.
The Authority’s approved 2023 Budget invests a total of $413 million to support its Capital Program, which is scheduled to invest $1.9 billion into capital projects through 2027.
For up-to-date travel information, motorists are encouraged to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go.
Travelers can also visit the Thruway Authority’s interactive Traveler Map for real-time traffic updates and sign up for TRANSalerts for traffic information.