Governor Cuomo Announces Major Construction Complete on Veterans Memorial Bridge on Burrstone Road in Oneida County

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$7.8 Million Rehabilitation Project Supports Safety, Mobility and Continued Economic Growth in City of Utica and Mohawk Valley

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of major construction on the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Burrstone Road over the North-South Arterial in the City of Utica, Oneida County. The $7.8 million rehabilitation project helped preserve the bridge, which is an important east-west link to neighborhoods and businesses in Utica and throughout the Mohawk Valley.

"Across the state, we are rebuilding and modernizing aging infrastructure to serve future generations of New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This rehabilitation of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in the heart of Utica will not only make travel safer and more efficient, it will also support economic growth in the entire Mohawk Valley."

"The completion on the Veterans Memorial Bridge will reduce traffic and further advance the economy of Oneida County and the Mohawk Valley region," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're investing in infrastructure projects across the state to rehabilitate aging bridges and roads and improve transportation in communities."

The rehabilitation project upgraded the three-span bridge, including replacing its concrete deck, joints and bearings; replacing or repairing concrete abutments, piers and sidewalk; upgrading the bridge railing; painting the bridge; and adding a new median and highway lighting. Minor finishing work will be completed in the spring, including paving the bridge approaches, installing permanent roadway striping and completing landscaping.

Consistent with Governor Cuomo's Driver's First initiative, the project was designed to minimize impacts to traffic. At least one lane of travel in each direction was maintained on the bridge throughout construction and pedestrian traffic was maintained at all times. Detour routes were posted for any local road closings.

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "This newly-renovated bridge is helping to keep businesses and travelers moving in Utica and across the region. Governor Cuomo's transportation investments are paying big dividends across the state, ensuring that Utica and communities like it are ready to meet the challenges of today and future.

Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, "The Veterans Memorial Bridge over the North-South Arterial is a major thoroughfare in Utica, which is why it is important to make sure the bridge is in the best shape possible. Through this project, we were able to rehabilitate and modernize the bridge, making it safer for motorists while also helping to drive economic opportunity in the city and region."

Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi said, "The Veterans Memorial Bridge is one of the most travelled in the Mohawk Valley, and this major rehabilitation project ensures that this important connector will safely carry cars and pedestrians between Utica and New Hartford for many years to come. I want to thank the State Department of Transportation for completing another major infrastructure project in our region without major inconveniences to area residents during construction."

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said, "The Veterans Memorial Bridge is one of the most heavily-traveled roadways in Oneida County and serves as a critical link to neighborhoods and businesses in the City of Utica. This multi-million-dollar rehabilitation project has brought major improvements to the efficiency and safety of this artery, and coupled with other roadway improvement projects that have recently been completed and are currently in progress, will help to further our community's physical and economic growth. I thank Governor Cuomo for providing the funding for this crucial project and I applaud the state Department of Transportation for a job well done."

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said, "Improving and upgrading our infrastructure enhances safety and connectivity. The rehabilitation of the Veterans Memorial Bridge is a strategic and long term investment for our community and I thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of this project."

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