New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 10, Long Island, Regional Director, Subi Chakraborti today announced construction is beginning on a $1.69 million project to provide concrete repairs to distressed, aging sections of various state roadways throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The construction contract was awarded to New York Paving, Inc. of Old Bethpage, Nassau County, New York. The project is funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The project recently was certified by Governor David Paterson for economic-recovery funding. This is in addition to the $230 million that will be invested this fiscal year for state highway and bridge improvements and the operation of the state road system on Long Island. A total investment of $154 million in ARRA funding is expected to be certified for highway and bridge projects in Region 10, Long Island communities.
“These much-needed concrete pavement repairs will help rejuvenate key sections of Long Island roadways and thereby improve the pavement smoothness, help reduce accidents and maintain the integrity of the pavement for years to come,” said Chakraborti. Together with minor drainage improvements and new pavement markings, these pavement repairs will further enhance motorists’ safety.”
The concrete pavement of the following locations will receive repairs ranging from crack sealing and asphalt repairs, to full depth concrete repairs and slab replacements: Sagtikos State Parkway between the Southern State Parkway and the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495); the Ocean Parkway between the Captree Toll Plaza and Zachs Bay; Meadowbrook State Parkway Between Babylon Turnpike and NY Route 24 (Hempstead Turnpike); and the Southern State Parkway ramps at the Meadowbrook State Parkway and Peninsula Blvd. This project is expected to be completed during spring 2010.
The economic-recovery funds coming to New York State for transportation projects must follow the same process required for distributing all federal transportation funds. The funds are allocated to projects that are selected by the 13 regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) across the state, which are comprised of local elected officials, local transit operators and NYSDOT representatives. MPOs vote unanimously on projects for their Transportation Improvement Program, and the projects are candidates for economic-recovery funds. The concrete pavement repair project was approved by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) to be eligible to receive ARRA funding.
Similarly, regions of New York State without MPOs are served by NYSDOT, which consults with local elected officials and selects projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The department worked with local officials and the Governor’s Economic Recovery Cabinet to identify shovel-ready projects eligible for recovery funds.