State tags $17.3M to rehab county roads

REPAIRS COMING — State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald outlined area road and bridge projects to be undertaken through the New York Works program during her visit to Utica Wednesday. An estimated $17.3 million is going to be spent in Oneida County on 100 miles of pavement and six bridges, including three in Rome. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

The state highway and bridge boss was in Oneida County Wednesday to highlight area projects planned under the New York Works program.

The county is in line for an investment of $17.3 million to rehabilitate about 100 miles of pavement and six bridges, including three in Rome, according to Commissioner Joan McDonald. She highlighted the local projects during a briefing at the State Office Building in Utica.

Overall, there’s $1.2 billion for roads, bridges, airports, ports and railroads across the state. McDonald says the projects are starting throughout the state this summer and while they may inconvenience drivers, the improvements they’ll bring to the roads and bridges will be worth it. Additionally, the infusion of work is creating temporary construction jobs.

The New York Works’ funding is over and above the $1.6 billion already allocated this year to the core transportation capital program for infrastructure projects. New York Works leverages four federal dollars for every dollar of state spending.

Slate Hill Constructors will replace the decks on six bridges in the county:

-- Route 69 over Route 26 in Rome;

-- Route 26 over Route 365 in Rome;

-- Route 69 over Route 365 in Rome;

-- Route 8 northbound and Route 8 southbound bridges over the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway tracks in New Hartford; and

-- Route 8 over the railroad tracks in Paris.

The road projects in the county are mostly resurfacing.