$150M and 600 New Jobs Coming to Hudson Valley
Governor Cuomo announced today that he is proposing $150 million in road improvements to our area that will free congestion and add 600 new jobs.
Governor Cuomo was in the Hudson Valley to announce his 21st proposal of the 2017 State of the State on Tuesday. The Governor addressed a crowd at SUNY Purchase in Westchester County, unveiling a proposal that would bring much needed jobs and traffic relief to the Hudson Valley.
Cuomo has proposed a $150 million reconstruction project tin the Town of Woodbury that would create a brand new Transit and Economic Development Hub. In an effort to help address the incredible traffic challenges near Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, the Governor plans to expand the Route 32 corridor, replace the Route 32 bridge over Route 17, reconfigure the ramp leading to the New York State Thruway, and add a solar-powered bus station.
The Governor claims the project will create approximately 600 local jobs, "free up congestion, improve the quality of life for residents, and create more opportunities for economic growth in Woodbury and in the entire Mid-Hudson Valley."
A press release from the Governor's office says the project will include the following initiatives:
- Improved access to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
- Replacing the Route 32 bridge over Route 17, which will include standard Interstate height clearance over Route 17
- Reconstruction and expansion of Park and Ride facilities which will include a bus stop and solar-powered bus station to promote public transit
- Reconfiguring the Route 17, Exit 131 eastbound ramp leading to the Thruway
- A new interconnected and adaptive traffic signal system along Route 32 to minimize delays and enhance access to local businesses and schools
- Intelligent Transportation Systems to optimize traffic conditions
Request for proposals will begin next month and construction is scheduled to begin this year.