NYS Announces the Completion of Thruway's $44.6 Million Pavement Improvement Project
by Rockland Daily Staff
New York State announced the completion today of the New York Thruway's $44.6 pavement improvement project on NYS Thruway I-87 in Orange and Rockland Counties.
Overseen by the Thruway Authority, the work covered nearly 10 miles between exit 15, New Jersey - I-287 - NJ Route 17 South, in the Town of Ramapo in western Rockland County to the Town of Tuxedo in southern Orange County. Started last May, as reported by Rockland Daily here, the project will benefit the 92,000 vehicles that use I-87 daily.
Yonkers Contracting Company, the project contractor, conducted full-depth pavement repairs, meaning crews removed and replaced the most deteriorated portions on a nearly 10-mile stretch of roadway (from milepost 29.4 to 38.7) in both directions, covering approximately 60 total lane miles and improving the structural integrity of the roadway. Crews installed a new two-course asphalt overlay to provide a smoother ride for motorists, installed new guide rails, and upgraded drainage systems and culverts.
"The timing couldn't be better for the completion of this much needed improvement project," Senator Bill Weber says. "This already busy stretch of the Thruway is only going to see increased traffic as we get closer to the holiday season, and it is good to know the work is done."
The Authority's approved 2024 Budget invests a total of $451 million to support its Capital Program, which is scheduled to invest $2.4 billion into capital projects over the next five years—a $500 million increase compared to the 2023 Budget. In 2022, motorists took more than 376 million trips and drove 7.7 billion miles on the Thruway system.
"We appreciate the New York State Thruway for the completion of its $44.6 million Pavement Improvement Project," Rockland County Executive Ed Day says. "This section of the thruway is traveled by 92,000 vehicles daily, many of whom are Rockland residents who rely on it heavily due to this county's severely limited mass transit options to the city. We acknowledge the work of the state thruway ensuring a smooth commute for our residents."