Maloney, Latimer, Buchwald, and Burdick Announce Over $6.5 Million Investment for Major Road Repair Project on I-684
Newburgh, NY – Less than a year after announcing $6.7 million in investments for several projects along I-684, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, New York State Senator George Latimer, New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald, and Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick announced another massive road repair investment of $6.5 million to repave a dilapidated stretch of I-684 between Harris Road and Route 35. Construction on the decades-old interstate will begin in 2018, and will include an impact study of potential permanent fixes to additional local transportation concerns, including the Saw Mill Parkway Interchange.
“This stretch of 684 is a mess – it’s dangerous and it costs drivers a fortune every year because of the damage it causes to their tires and suspensions,” said U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “This investment will fix those problems while bringing good-paying jobs and millions in economic activity to our neck of the woods – this is a big deal.”
"My partners in government and I have listened to the people of Bedford, and I am extremely pleased that our efforts will bring a solution to this longstanding problem," said Senator George Latimer, D-Rye.
“Rebuilding our transportation infrastructure is vital to the Westchester County economy, and this funding will make I-684 safer for those who live, work and visit here,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Mount Kisco). “This is especially good news for the tens of thousands of motorists who travel the northern section of I-684 every day and the neighbors of the highway who hope to reduce the impact of road noise on their neighborhoods.”
“I’m delighted that all of I-684 running through the town of Bedford is going to be repaved between this year and next year,” said Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick. “So much due to the efforts of our residents who made their voices heard.”
This victory for Westchester and Putnam residents is the result of efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Supervisor Burdick echoed the concerns raised in the transportation survey and facilitated meetings with local residents and state officials that allowed for this project to come to fruition. Senator Latimer and Assemblyman Buchwald lobbied for the inclusion of these funds in the New York State Budget. Much of the funding itself was made available by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, passed in the U.S. Congress in December, 2015, and supported by Rep. Maloney.
I-684 handles significant daily commuter traffic and is the main north-south connection between I-84 and I-287 east of the Hudson River. It carries average daily traffic volumes of approximately 65,000 to 70,000 vehicles. These sections of road are original surface and are roughly 40 years old. The first segments of I-684 were built in 1968 and the road was completed in its current form by the end of 1974. The condition of I-684 is the most frequently cited infrastructure request of our Westchester and Putnam County residents. According to a report from The Road Information Program, bad roads cost New Yorkers nearly $25 billion every year in repairs, collisions, and congestion-related delays.
Last year, the group of lawmakers announced a similar resurfacing project worth $6.7 million for road rehabilitation in Westchester County. Specifically, $2.2 million was awarded to resurface a segment of the asphalt pavement on State Route 121 from Route 22 to Route 35 in the Town of Bedford, $2.4 million to resurface State Route 138 from Interstate 684 to Route 121 in the Town of Lewisboro and $2.1 million to resurface State Route 133 from Route 120 to the Village of Mount Kisco. Federal funding was made available to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), which administers the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Construction on these roadways began last year.