A Fresh Road: State Sets $4.1 Million Aside To Renew Route 109

Christopher Birsner

February 05, 2020

Originally published in Farmingdale Observer on February 05, 2020.

After nearly a decade of bumps in the road, the Nassau County section of Route 109, which is in the Village of Farmingdale, is set to get a makeover in the near future as the state just invested $4.1 million in a repaving project.

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the state is putting aside $151 million in funding to fix roads that have been worn down by weather throughout the state. The money will support 95 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,013 miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county. For Nassau County, the only state road approved for renewal was Route 109.

In a release, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand expressed his excitement for the upcoming paving project, saying that the collaboration between village, its chamber and state officials helped make this happen.

"I called Senator Thomas, Senator Brooks, Assemblyman Montesano and Assemblyman LiPetri and I said ‘Guys, you got to help me out here. Its not in the budget. Can you guys lobby for it to get into the budget?’ They worked together, bipartisanly, to lobby to get Farmingdale the repaving it sorely needed.”

 

“I am proud to have worked with the Village of Farmingdale to secure $4.1 Million in state funding to repair and renew Route 109,” said Thomas. “Maintaining our local roads and highways are critical to the success of our communities and small businesses. Route 109 is a major economic thoroughfare for Farmingdale residents and visitors to the village’s revitalized downtown area. This project will improve safety and quality of life for all residents of Nassau County. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his continued commitment to revitalizing our state’s roadways.”