Albany, NY - May 30, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced completion of a $3.6 million project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying NY Route 24/Hempstead Turnpike over Belmont Avenue in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, and a $3.4 million project to rehabilitate the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge over Ocean Parkway in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County. The projects were funded through the NY Works program.
“The NY Works program is strengthening infrastructure, boosting economic activity and creating jobs all across New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “The completion of these two bridge projects on Long Island shows the progress we are continuing to make in our communities – increasing safety for our drivers and saving money for taxpayers in the long run.”
Construction on the bridges started in October 2012. The concrete bridge decks were removed and replaced and steel components were repaired. Other work included reconstruction of the curbs and sidewalks and replacement of the bridge rails.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “A solid infrastructure is the foundation of economic development and the NY Works programs has created immediate jobs across New York State while raising our bridges from fair to good condition. Rehabilitating the Belmont Avenue and Robert Moses Causeway bridges now prevents the need for more costly repairs in the future.”
The projects are part of a $24.2 million NY Works contract that includes six bridges on Long Island. The construction contractor for this design-build contract is Posillico Civil Inc. of Farmingdale, Suffolk County and the design consultant is Greenman-Pederson, Inc of Babylon, Suffolk County.
The design-build process, implemented by Governor Cuomo, allows for the combining of design and construction services into single contracts help expedite repair work to vital infrastructure and save taxpayer money.
NY Works focuses on improving the condition of bridges from fair condition and bringing them to good condition in order to extend their service life. This rehabilitation work will better preserve the state’s infrastructure and guard against the need for more costly, in-depth construction. Bundling projects sites within close geographic locations into a single contract enables DOT to lower expenses and obtain lower bids.
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