By Mark Hallum
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announce repaving projects from three major roadways serving Queens and the Bronx. A total of $43.5 million will be set aside to resurface Throgs Neck and Clearview Expressways in both directions and portions of Grand Central Parkway.
“These roadways are crucial parts of the transportation network for the entire metropolitan region, which thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers depend upon each day,” Cuomo said. “With these resurfacing and preventative maintenance projects, we will help ensure they remain drivable and in good repair for years to come.”
Throgs Neck Expressway will have $20 million set aside for its renovation, which will run the full length of the bridge and the Bruckner Expressway. Work will take place at night to limit the impact on traffic conditions and is expected to be completed by fall.
Clearview Expressway will undergo similar treatment. Milling and paving will take place in both directions between Hillside Avenue and Willets Point Boulevard, both directions between 34th Street and 82nd Street, and eastbound only between 168th Street and Clearview Expressway. Work is scheduled to begin this week and is expected to be finished by September.
Grand Central Parkway will have $5.5 million put towards making repairs sustain from snow removal and harsh winter conditions. Milling and repaving will take place at the Long Island Expressway and 111th Street, and eastbound between Clearview Expressway and Union Turnpike. These sections are set to be completed by the end of the year.
“Every winter leaves behind damaged roads and it is vital that New York’s response is expedient and focused on where it is needed most. Motorists in my district will appreciate the improvements made and be safer as a result.” State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said.
DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll said the Cuomo’s efforts to maintain roads statewide are part of a bigger attempt to keep New York competitive economically.
“Roadway upgrades like these keep people and commerce moving, and both are essential to a strong economy,” Driscoll said.
Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) recognized the specific value of road repairs to his district.
“The repair and resurfacing of state highways is great news, and I am very grateful for Gov. Cuomo’s dedication to eastern Queens” Grodenchik said. “These improvements will make travel safer and more convenient for the thousands of New Yorkers who traverse these roads each day.”
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