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According to Gov. Cuomo, $324,000 has been earmarked for concrete repairs on the eastbound side of the Nassau Expressway from Cross Bay Boulevard to Farmers Boulevard.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The State has secured more than $100 million to repave and enhance roadways impacted by the coarse weather this past winter, including parts of several borough thoroughfares in need of some DOT TLC, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.
The new funding, awarded through the Harsh Winter Paving Initiative, will support 84 projects and the renewal of nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement across New York, according to the governor.
“These investments are critical to our transportation system and essential for community growth and regional economic competitiveness,” Cuomo said. “By infusing more than $100 million in State funds to revitalize our roads, we are enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers while ensuring every traveler remains safe throughout the Empire State.”
The City is set to get approximately $2.7 million in projects to pave 42 lane miles of roads across the five boroughs, including:
• $324,000 for concrete repairs on the eastbound side of the Nassau Expressway from Cross Bay Boulevard to Farmers Boulevard.
• $38,000 for concrete repairs on the eastbound side of the Grand Central Parkway from the New York City Transit Authority Bridge to the entrance ramp of Union Turnpike at the Kew Gardens Interchange.
• $38,000 for concrete repairs on the westbound side of the Grand Central Parkway from the entrance ramp of Union Turnpike to the NYCTA Bridge at the Kew Gardens Interchange.
• $213,000 for concrete repairs on the eastbound Long Island Expressway from Maurice Avenue to the Grand Central Parkway, including the service road from 74th Street to Junction Boulevard.
• $213,000 for concrete repairs on the westbound Long Island Expressway from the Grand Central Parkway to Maurice Avenue, including the service road from 98th Street to 74th Street.
Cuomo noted that the State budget included $65 million in Extreme Weather Recovery funds for locally-owned roadways, and this additional $100 million investment will support the renewal of State-owned roadways. The paving initiative funding is supported through the State Department of Transportation’s five-year capital plan and is in addition to the $743 million provided in this fiscal year’s budget in direct State aid to local governments for road and bridge repair and modernization.
The projects will take place throughout the summer and into fall, and will be completed this year, the State has promised.
“The roads we are paving provide important connections within and between communities, linking downtowns to business districts and supporting our agriculture and tourism industries,” State DOT Acting Commissioner Paul Karas added.