JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy today announced $62.2 million for projects to pave and repair miles of state roads across the Hudson Valley through this summer and fall. The infrastructure investment includes projects in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties. The projects will be completed this year.
State Senator Terrence Murphy said, "Investing critical dollars in our crumbling infrastructure has been a priority of mine since arriving to Albany. The condition of our roads is unacceptable considering the amount in taxes we pay. This is a welcome announcement by the state and I will continue to advocate for more dollars to help improve our roads."
The funds are part of a total $403.3 million for pavement improvements on nearly 1,700 miles of roadway across New York State, including budgeted capital construction funds and $100 million in new funding which Senator Murphy voted for earlier this year.
Maintenance paving work keeps New York's highways in a state of good repair, and this investment delays the need for more costly, in depth repairs. The repair and modernization of our state's transportation infrastructure will improve safety and ensure that state and local communities remain economically competitive.
Paving and repair work will take place on the following roads:
23 miles on Interstate 684 from Interstate 84 in the town of Southeast, Putnam County, to Hardscrabble Road in the town of North Salem, Westchester County ($55.2 million)
15 miles on the Saw Mill River Parkway from Grant Street to Roaring Brook Road in the towns of Mount Pleasant and New Castle, Westchester County ($4.4 million)
3.2 miles of Route 120 from Marcourt Drive to Route 133 in the town of New Castle, Westchester County ($900,000)
5 miles of Route 6 from Route 52 to Tilly Foster Road in the town of Carmel, Putnam County ($1.7 million)
New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, "School buses, commuters, and weekly shoppers at Putnam Plaza have all enjoyed the benefits of this particular stretch of state road. As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, I've seen how sections of route 6 has deteriorated over the years. This is one of the heaviest traveled state roads in Putnam County, and I am delighted to see the NYSDOT has taken the necessary steps to finally move this project forward."
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said, "Putnam County residents rely on safe roads every single day. Having New York State invest more than $57 million dollars on our major thoroughfares is money well spent. I want to thank Senator Murphy and our entire state delegation for their strong work and partnership on behalf of Putnam County and our fine residents."
Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran said, "The residents of Westchester County and in particular the 2nd Legislative District will benefit greatly from this infusion of state aid. From Croton Falls to Bedford Hills to Mt. Kisco we will see improved roadways which enhances the quality of life for those we represent. A special thank you to Senator Murphy for his leadership on this issue."
Putnam County Legislator Joe Castellano said, "The investments being made are in the heart of my district. We hear all too often of pot holes and road hazards. It is welcomed news that our state representatives once again responded with today's great announcement."
North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas said, "This announcement will be of great benefit to the people of Croton Falls and the entire 684 corridor. Thank you to Senator Murphy and all of our state officials for their continued advocacy on our behalf."
Mt. Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said, This is good news for Mt. Pleasant residents. There are a number of state roads that could use equal attention. We thank Senator Murphy for always being there for us."
New Castle Supervisor Rob Greenstein stated, "Our residents deserve smooth state, county and local roads. It's a safety and quality of life issue. We are doing our part here in New Castle and I thank Senator Terrence Murphy for his help and leadership at the state level. I know our residents appreciate it as well."