Issues: Highways

State, local officials highlight benefits of Route 15 bridge project in Steuben County

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced today that construction is under way on a $31 million project that will build six bridges on Route 15 in the Town of Lindley, Steuben County. This is the second and final phase of a project that will complete the final five-mile stretch of future Interstate 99, connecting Corning, N.Y., to Williamsport, Pa.

[Read more in today's Corning Leader, attached below]

NYSDOT Assistant Commissioner Rod Sechrist and Acting Regional Director Brian Kelly joined with state and local officials this morning at the project site along the future interstate highway, to celebrate the start of this final phase of the project.

August 20, 2012
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Governor Approves Griffo-Brindisi Legislation for Snowmobiler Safety

Governor Approves Griffo-Brindisi Legislation for Snowmobiler Safety

August 16, 2012
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Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss Receive Update on Jericho Turnpike Project

Senator Jack M. Martins and Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss were on Jericho Turnpike recently to receive an update on the progress being made on the Jericho Turnpike project.

The project involves the repaving of Jericho Turnpike from the city line through to Glen Cove Road as well as safety improvements. Originally, the project was supposed to end before the Village of Mineola. However, Senator Martins and Mayor Strauss were able to get the project extended through to Glen Cove Road so that it will encompass Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.

Currently, there is sidewalk preparation work underway It is estimated the project will be completed by the end of next year.

August 10, 2012
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Statement from Senator Catharine M. Young Regarding Interstate 86 Agreement between Governor Cuomo and Seneca Nation

OLEAN – "People across the Southern Tier and the traveling public are jumping for joy at this news,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

"Fixing I-86 is a public safety and economic priority, and I commend Gov. Cuomo and the Seneca Nation for working together to find a solution. Getting construction underway immediately will put people to work and alleviate increasingly dangerous roadway conditions. The highway literally was breaking into pieces. We couldn't be more thrilled that an agreement was reached,” said Senator Young.

August 6, 2012
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COALITION OF STATE, LOCAL LEADERS ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING LITTER CLEAN-UP, ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—A bipartisan coalition of state, local and community leaders in Syracuse announced a comprehensive effort aimed at curbing the ongoing and serious problem of litter on city highways today.

July 16, 2012
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One Year After Its Enactment, Senator Kennedy and Kelly Cline Praise Impact of Ban on Texting While Driving

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and safety advocate Kelly Cline commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which was enacted one year ago. In Erie County, enforcement has been extremely effective. Locally, police officials have issued nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets outside New York City.

July 13, 2012
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UPDATED "511NY" SYSTEM GIVING NEW YORK DRIVERS REAL TIME TRAFFIC AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATES

Improved Website and New Mobile App Comes as NY Works Projects Get Under Way Across the State Statewide Effort Includes PSA to Remind New Yorkers to Check 511NY Before Hitting The Road

July 12, 2012
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NYSDOT Announces NY Works Paving For Hudson Valley Roads

Several State Roads to be Resurfaced This Summer

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced that construction is under way on $32.8 million in work to resurface nearly 100 miles of State roads in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Westchester counties through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY Works program.  

“Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program speeds up our bridge and highway reconstruction efforts and puts people back to work,” Commissioner McDonald said “The traveling public will see nearly twice as much highway work than just last year.  We ask motorists to be patient and drive carefully through construction zones.” 

July 11, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS 'CERJAN HIGHWAY' BILL

New Connector Road to be Named in Honor of Fort Drum Soldier

July 3, 2012
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June 21, 2012
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New York Senate Takes Steps To Curb Dangerous Driving

The New York State Senate passed two bills intended to keep dangerous drivers off our streets and increase penalties for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers.

One piece (S.1835), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) would toughen criminal penalties for motorists who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.  

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills to Combat Dangerous Driving

The State Senate today passed two bills intended to keep dangerous drivers off our streets and increase penalties for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers.

June 18, 2012
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

Gallivan Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.

June 13, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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RITCHIE OPPOSES THRUWAY TOLL HIKE PLAN

Says 45% Hike on Truckers Hurts Farmers, Area Businesses

June 1, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BRIDGE REFORM ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed the Bridge and Road Investment and Dedicated Fund Guaranteed Enforcement Reform Act, also known as the BRIDGE Reform Act. The bill (S.1071) will ensure that the dedicated fund, originally enacted in 1991, will go towards rebuilding, replacing and reconditioning highways and bridges to improve the safety of drivers who travel them.

May 24, 2012
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Senator Gallivan presents “It Can Wait” Distracted Driving Program to Lancaster High School Students

TAKE THE PLEDGE HERE!

Lancaster High School students today joined State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (59th District) and AT&T to raise awareness about the risks of texting while driving by encouraging all wireless consumers, especially youth, that text messages can – and should – wait until after driving.

As part of AT&T’s national “Txtng & Drivng…It Can Wait” campaign, Lancaster High School students were shown a powerful 10-minute documentary, “The Last Text”, highlighting the devastating effects of texting and driving and were then given the opportunity to sign a commitment pledging to not text while driving.

May 18, 2012
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Senate Transportation Committee Approves Diaz Bill S7399

Press Release

May 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cathy Bern-Smith

(518) 455-2513

Senate Transportation Committee Approves Diaz Bill S7399

Albany, NY - The New York State Senate Committee on Transportation approved a bill on Tuesday May 15, 2012 introduced by Senator Rubén Díaz (S.7399-Cal.782).

This legislation requires the State Department of Transportation and the State Thruway Authority to submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature regarding the safety of the state's roadways and to reduce the risk of crashes.

May 16, 2012
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Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

The Times Ledger wrote an article about the recent car accidents that have occured on a particular Queensborough Bridge off-ramp, which has prompted Senator Gianaris to appeal to the city Department of Transportation for increased safety measures.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week.

 

“I think the DOT has not done enough to fix the traffic pattern there,” Gianaris said.

 

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Gianaris said while some of the drivers were allegedly speeding, the DOT must still ensure the ramps are as safe as possible.

May 14, 2012
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