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Thursday, May 19, 2016

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES START OF $152 MILLION PHASE II OF ROUTE 17 PROSPECT MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the $152 million second phase of the 1-81/Route 17 Prospect Mountain reconstruction project in the city of Binghamton has begun. The project, being made possible due to a significant investment included in the 2016-17 New York State Budget agreement, will replace bridges and reconfigure ramps to significantly improve traffic patterns in one of the Southern Tier's busiest travel and commerce corridors. These improvements also enable the New York State Department of Transportation to request federal designation of the four mile stretch of Route 17 to become I-86.
"The I-81/Route 17 interchange is a key part of the Southern Tier's transportation network that for far too long has been a frustration for motorists and an impediment to economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "This project will not only improve the flow of traffic and make the road safer for drivers, but will also help open the region up to the rest of the state."
Work involves reconstructing nearly nine center lane miles of highway. Interchange 4 (Binghamton/Hillcrest) will be reconstructed at its juncture with Route 7, by replacing the viaduct bridge over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks and Broad Avenue. Additionally, two new bridges will be constructed over the Chenango River in the city of Binghamton. This work will improve safety by correcting vehicle weaving and eliminating traffic bottlenecks by limiting merging traffic and lane changes. Work is expected to be complete by December 2020.