by New York State Department of Transportation
ALBANY, NY (09/20/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today was joined by Congressman Michael McMahon, Borough President James Molinaro and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to mark the start of construction on a $74.8 million project to reconstruct and modernize a 1.8-mile segment of the Staten Island Expressway (SIE), the main commuter and freight corridor in Staten Island and one of the most heavily traveled highways in New York City. The project is funded by both the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the 2005 New York State Bond Act.
Construction is being performed by The Laquila Group of Brooklyn, NY, with design consulting services provided by PB Americas of New York, NY. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2012. During construction, all travel lanes on the expressway will be maintained throughout morning and evening peak periods, and existing access ramps will be kept open until replacements are open to traffic.
State Senator Diane Savino said, "Any delay in improving transportation and traffic flow through common sense, fully funded projects is unacceptable. The happy ending to this story is, thanks to the State DOT's work in concert with Island elected officials, we will soon see less delays flow through this notoriously rough stretch of our commute to and from work and school."