ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared the bulk of construction to Route 85 complete in a statement yesterday, Sept. 27.
“Route 85 is a key part of the Capital Region’s transportation network and this project has created a safer roadway for residents, commuters and visitors alike,” said Cuomo. “Transportation is vital to a robust economy and the improvements made to Route 85 are just a part this administration’s work to rebuild critical infrastructure to help drive economic growth in every part of the state.”
The $19.6 million reconstruction project involved upgrades to drainage and the road surface. However, motorists will continue to see construction signage over the next several weeks as minor post-construction operations are finished ahead of their scheduled November completion.
“Making critical investments in our infrastructure is a key component to a thriving economy,” said Senator Neil Breslin “The reconstruction of a portion of Route 85 will improve safety for commuters, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Driscoll for their strong commitment to help maintain and improve the Capital Region’s infrastructure.”
This 2.2-mile pavement rehabilitation project replaced the deteriorated 1960s-era concrete pavement on Route 85 from the Route 85 Bridge over the New York State Thruway to Route 85’s terminus at Interstate 90. Work involved the full reconstruction of Route 85 from Western Avenue to I-90. Old concrete was removed and replaced with a new base and blacktop. Every culvert was upgraded or replaced throughout the length of the project, with new pipe linings included. New overhead signs were also installed.
Additionally, entrance and exit ramps throughout the project limits were repaved and the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Zoar Avenue and the Route 85 ramps was improved with new pavement and converted to a full-way stop.