If you’re going to be traveling through Sullivan County or through the towns of Mamakating or Thompson then you might want to be a little more careful and leave a little bit earlier.
According to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), construction on roadways in these areas kicked off on the 9th. All of this work makes up the more than $15 million project to rework road surfaces and patterns along Route 17.
This is all a part of NY Works program, designed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Car accidents in New York and elsewhere are much more likely in roadway construction zones so drivers are urged to be on the lookout.
And we are right in the middle of the summer road construction season.
“The traveling public will see nearly twice as much highway work than just last year. We ask motorists to be patient and drive carefully through construction zones,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald.
Our New York car accident attorneys understand how much we need road repairs like this one, but it’s important for drivers to remember just how dangerous these areas can be when workers and construction zones are present. And this is only the beginning of the planned construction. This project was launched only three months after the Governor signed the 2012-2013 Budget which allowed funds for these kinds of projects and repairs.
What officials in this program are focusing on is the condition of the pavement on roadways statewide. Not only are the fixing roads that are less than exceptional, but they’re also completing preventative maintenance work to help to preserve these roads long into the future. With these preventative measures, officials believe that they can dodge even more costly and more extensive repairs in the future.
The work that is being completed in Sullivan County will be going on throughout the near 15-mile stretch of road on route 17 between exits 106 and 112. Within this project, workers will be not only straightening the road, but they will be resurfacing it as well to help to provide better sight distance for motorists.
This portion of the road is one of the main ways to get across the southern portion of the state. It goes from Orange County all the way to Chautauqua County.
Work is being completed by workers with Callanan Industries, Inc of Albany as well as Sullivan County Paving and Constructions, Inc. of Cochecton. The project is expected to be completed by the fall.
Drivers are urged to be on the lookout for lane reroutes and for flaggers on the road attempting to redirect traffic. Drive slowly through these areas and be on the lookout for not only other vehicles, but for roadside workers as well.
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