Gov. Cuomo announces $6.2 million for Southern Tier bridges

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $6.2 million in funding for bridge and pavement repairs in the Southern Tier.

Construction will begin in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben County in April at the following sites:

  • $2.4 million to rehabilitate the bridge carrying County Route 56 over Interstate 86 in the town of Chemung, Chemung County
  • $2.8 million to replace the bridge carrying State Route 14 over Sullivan Glen Creek and restore pavement on State Route 14 in the town of Montour, Schuyler County
  • $1 million to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Interstate 390 northbound over County Route 7 in the town of Avoca, Steuben County

In every corner of New York, we are making targeted investments in our infrastructure, building the foundation for a transportation network that will meet the needs of a 21st century economy, Governor Cuomo said. These projects will enhance safety, ensure efficient access within communities, support local commerce and keep the Southern Tier soaring for years to come. 

County Route 56 over I-86

This project involves removing and replacing the concrete deck and pier, as well as eliminating bridge joints to reduce future maintenance needs. The work will result in a smoother ride for motorists, while enhancing safety and ensuring continued access to a small Southern Tier community. 

Located at the southeastern corner of Chemung County, this bridge carries traffic over I-86 at Exit 59A near Pennsylvania border. The exit was added to then-Route 17 in 1975 to provide access to the area from within New York State after Hurricane Agnes washed out nearby bridges. 

During construction, two-way traffic on Route 56 will be maintained in a single lane with a temporary traffic signal. Single lane closures will be necessary on I-86.  Access to a truck stop and warehousing facility at the interchange will be maintained throughout construction. 

The project will wrap up by the end of 2020.

Route 14

This essential Southern Tier roadway will be repaved from the Schuyler County line to the village of Montour Falls, and the bridge over Sullivan Glen Creek will be replaced.  Easily accessed from I-86, State Route 14 runs through the town of Montour the southern gateway to Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes region.  As one of the primary state roadways carrying traffic through Schuyler county, it is integral to the delivery of resources to the diversified assortment of businesses and tourism opportunities in this region.

Two-way traffic will be maintained during paving operations in a single lane controlled by flaggers.

Bridge replacement work will begin this summer and be completed in the fall. The new bridge will be higher and longer to increase the water opening and protect against future flooding.  Traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge during demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge.

The contract contains requirements that limit the number of days for the detour bridge, timing of the paving and date restrictions for area events. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

I-390 over County Route 7

The concrete bridge deck and barrier on the I-390 northbound bridge will be removed and replaced. The rehabilitation will ensure a smooth riding surface on the road and extend the service life of the bridge. The southbound bridge deck was replaced in 2003.  

Located at the southern end of I-390, this bridge carries traffic connecting with I-86, the Southern Tier’s main transportation corridor for commerce and tourism. This repair work is integral to restoring the bridge to good condition and providing a smoother ride.

Traffic on Interstate 390 will be reduced to a single lane wide enough to continue handling the majority of shipping through the corridor. Work on the project should be complete in late summer 2019. 

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