Highway construction work has begun on two projects totaling nearly $42 million to restore the riding conditions and enhance safety along two key stretches of interstates in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region of New York State.
The stretches of interstate include I-390 from Route 5&20 (Exit 10) in Avon to the Thruway (Exit 12) in Henrietta, and I-490 from South Landing Road in Brighton to Garnsey Road in Perinton. The corridors serve as links between Monroe County and Livingston County and Monroe County and Ontario County, respectively.
"All across the state we are working to rebuild our infrastructure to meet the needs of a 21st century economy and these investments in Rochester area interstates will help improve connectivity, enhance safety, and promote economic growth for the region," New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said in a statement. "DOT looks forward to hitting the ground running with these projects that will no doubt benefit the hundreds of thousands of daily motorists along these important corridors."
The $9.7 million project along I-490 will provide a smoother riding surface for motorists between South Landing Road in the town of Brighton and Garnsey Road in the town of Perinton, near Bushnell's Basin in Monroe County. The project began work to remove hazardous trees and brush earlier this spring, and paving is expected to begin this week. Construction will include improvements to drainage systems and traffic signals and the on and off ramps, as well as guide-rail repairs. The paving work is expected to take place during the evening and overnight hours to accommodate a single lane of traffic. Some detours will be required for ramp work.
The $32.2 million project along I-390 will provide a smoother riding surface for motorists between Route 5&20 in Avon (Livingston County) and I-90 in Henrietta (Monroe County). Preliminary work began the week of May 17 with paving along the northbound lanes expected to begin in late June. This work will require daily single-lane closures. Construction on the 10.5-mile stretch will include an overlay of the existing concrete pavement with asphalt to improve ridability and prevent further pavement deterioration. Most of the construction along the southbound lanes is expected to take place in 2022.
The I-490 project is expected to be completed in late 2021, while the I-390 project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. NYSDOT is working to minimize impacts to traffic during construction, though the traveling public should expect minor delays during paving operations and build additional travel time into their schedules.
SOURCE: New York State DOT