Assemblywoman Jaffee Tours 9W Construction

October 7, 2009

This morning, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee was joined by Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner; Jennifer Clark, Resident Engineer and Dina Colavito, Engineer-in-charge, both from the New York State Department of Transportation, and Wayne Wittmann from Yonkers Contracting, for a tour of the Route 9W re-paving project.

The project, funded through Federal Stimulus dollars, began this week and will re-surface 3.4 miles of Route 9W from the Sparkill viaduct to the Thruway split. Additionally, drainage basins are being cleaned and re-positioned to enhance their effectiveness. Construction is expected to last about three weeks.

“Anybody who lives or has traveled through this stretch of 9W knows how desperately needed these improvements are. My office has received a steady stream of phone calls expressing concern,” said Assemblywoman Jaffee. “It is the perfect demonstration of how partnership between federal, state, and local officials can yield positive results for citizens. I would like to thank DOT Regional Director Joan DuPont for her responsiveness to our needs in this corridor and Supervisor Thom Kleiner and Orangetown Councilwoman Nancy Low Hogan for their advocacy on behalf of Orangetown residents.”

“This project is an excellent example of the coordination between the town, our state representatives, and the New York State Department of Transportation to fund a project that improves safety and the quality of life on this vital transportation link,” said Supervisor Kleiner. “I particularly want to thank Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee for her aggressive advocacy for Orangetown and Orangetown Town Councilwoman Nancy Low Hogan for her tireless efforts in getting this critical project moving.”

During the visit, Assemblywoman Jaffee again highlighted the need for a comprehensive drainage study through the 9W corridor. “The new roadway will go a long way to improving travel on 9W, but we still need to address the long-term concerns with drainage to maintain the quality of the road and protect nearby homes and motorists,” said Assemblywoman Jaffee.