Russell Resolution Supports I-98 Corridor

June 17, 2010

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced passage of a resolution she sponsored that urges the New York State Congressional delegation to further the progress of the North Country Transportation Study, specifically the component of the Study that addresses the need for a stand-alone, limited access four-lane highway.

“Improving our infrastructure is a key component to spurring economic development,” Russell said. “Our open space, access to cheap, clean power, and our skilled workforce make the North Country an attractive site for businesses looking to start-up, re-locate or expand. If we can also provide them with infrastructure that will reduce transportation costs by shortening drive times and improving safety; we can increase our chances of securing these businesses.”

Jason Clark, Economic Development Director in Massena, feels that this “is an unprecedented milestone in the development of the Interstate 98 transportation corridor development project. Through their leadership, the members of the New York State Assembly have demonstrated their commitment to advancing economic progress throughout all regions of New York State.”

“The advancement of Interstate 98 will stop the hemorrhaging of local manufacturing and tourist jobs and help to finally eradicate the poverty cycle that has afflicted the North Country region for generations. This legislative action should serve as a call for New York State to work with the Federal Highway Administration to finally make this project a reality,” Clark said.

The highway has been dubbed Interstate 98. I-98 would be a limited access four-lane highway within the boundaries of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Franklin, and Clinton Counties with four-lane spurs to the international bridges in Massena and Ogdensburg, to Lowville and Plattsburgh. The resolution, which passed unanimously, stresses the need for the highway for economic development and safety reasons.