For Immediate Release: 05/01/23
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THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES $44.6 MILLION PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ON I-87 IN ROCKLAND AND ORANGE COUNTIES
Project Includes Full-Depth Pavement Repairs and Resurfacing
Work To Take Place Overnight To Limit Traffic Impacts
Project Scheduled to Be Completed By End of this Year
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced a $44.6 million pavement improvement project on the New York State Thruway (I-87) spanning Rockland and Orange counties. The work will cover nearly 10 miles between exit 15 (New Jersey - I-287 - NJ Route 17 South) in the town of Ramapo in western Rockland County to the town of Tuxedo in southern Orange County and includes rehabilitating the pavement by performing full-depth repairs. Approximately 92,000 vehicles use this heavily traveled corridor each day.
“This section is one of the more heavily traveled in our entire system, connecting the Thruway to Route 17, and this project will enhance the travel experience for residents and visitors alike,” Thruway Authority Interim Executive Director Frank G. Hoare said. “These improvements are investments in the future of the Hudson Valley.”
The project will begin with full-depth pavement repairs, meaning crews will remove and replace the most deteriorated portions on a nearly 10-mile stretch of roadway (from milepost 29.4 to 38.7), down to its subbase in both the northbound and southbound direction. The repairs, covering approximately 60 total lane miles, will improve the existing roadway’s structural integrity. Crews will also address less stressed areas of the roadway by removing the existing asphalt overlay and installing a new two-course asphalt overlay to provide a smoother ride for motorists.
In addition, safety improvements will include new guiderail, additional reflective line striping and upgrades to drainage systems and culverts.
Some work, such as guiderail installation, began last fall; paving operations will take place this year and occur overnight to reduce impacts to motorists.
All work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc., of Westchester, 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. In 2022, motorists took more than 376 million trips and drove 7.7 billion miles on the Thruway system.
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 which features live traffic cameras. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway.