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NY - First stimulus projects ready for bid

Started by Dougtone, March 04, 2009, 06:41:29 AM

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The first construction and renovation projects eligible for funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) could be put to bid as early as this week, according to New York Governor David Paterson.  Local officials learned last week that transportation projects have been approved in several Upstate New York counties. More will be announced in the coming weeks.  This story is according to the Legislative Gazette of New York.

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A portion of I-690 was recently resurfaced, so I don't see where it's needed.  Surface streets are what need the work.


And no mention of building new roads where it is needed, or widening existing roads to meet traffic needs. Typical New York garbage. Compare to Missouri and how they are using their money, and you'll see what I mean.


Oh, I forgot:  The I-81 elevated highway is at the end of it's lifespan.  In another post, I suggested an idea for a new bridge to replace it.


Quote from: froggie on March 04, 2009, 12:49:36 PM
Snappy:  are needed repairs/maintenance/replacement/reconstruction not acceptable?

I don't think so, if a DOT can't fund them from their regular budget, something's wrong. The stimulus ought to be used to speed up major reconstruction projects, or new construction, not for regular maintenance in my opinionl.


The whole point of the stimulus (aside from the economic crisis) was to repair America's infrastructure.

NY hasn't been able to pay for stuff like this from its regular budget for years now.  It doesn't help that they recently took back I-84 from the Thruway Authority.
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Quote from: froggie on March 04, 2009, 12:49:36 PM
Snappy:  are needed repairs/maintenance/replacement/reconstruction not acceptable?

It's a problem because it is all stuff that should have been done 10 to 20 years ago. We need to be moving forward, not continually be stuck in the past. Where are New York's four lanes like other states? Where are the new roads to alleviate congestion in some of our cities? I'd say that Buffalo and Rochester have the best freeway networks of all the cities in our state, and even those could be a little bit better.

The I-86 conversion would have been done by now if this was any other state. It's been 10 years, and it still isn't signed the whole way. New York lets politics and community involvement get in the way and hamper things.

I am not saying that some of these projects aren't necessary, I am just saying that it shouldn't have come to this point. We should be way more advanced in the infrastructure than this.


your complaints sound like you could be talking about Connecticut. CT has bad highways and lack of them as well.  CT has no stimulus projects ready.  They are still in paperwork. 

Actually, around Albany and LI also has a good network of roads.  Yes, LI is congested but at least the freeway framework is there.  CT it isn't there!
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