State Department of Transportation Announces Route 22 Resurfacing Project
Project will Improve Pavement Quality and Safety in Columbia County
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez today announced that work will soon begin on a $500,000 project to resurface and improve portions of a 3.5-mile section of Route 22 from one-half mile south of Route 295 to three miles north of Route 295 in the town of Canaan, Columbia County. These safety enhancements will improve the riding surface on this section of the longest north-south state route in New York, creating a smoother surface for travelers and commercial traffic.
“Safety is always a top priority at the Department of Transportation and this resurfacing project will improve conditions on an important roadway in Columbia County and ease the flow of people and commerce throughout the region,”Acting Commissioner Dominguez said. “New York State is committed to building a 21stCentury infrastructure that improves quality of life and helps our communities grow.”
The milling and repaving of Route 22 will include the rehabilitation of driving lanes and shoulders, as well as installation of fresh pavement markings.
Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, the project has been designed to minimize traffic impacts, with alternating lane closures during construction. Work is expected to take place in June.
Senator Daphne Jordan said,“Ensuring safer roads to improve motorist safety is critically important. News that the State DOT is moving ahead with its $500,000 project resurfacing and improving portions of a 3.5-mile section of Route 22, from one-half mile south of Route 295 to three miles north of Route 295 in the Town of Canaan in Columbia County, is welcome news. My office has received numerous calls and e-mails from constituents requesting improvements for this stretch of road. I’m glad that Acting DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez has made this project a priority and that work will soon commence. This is the longest north-south state route in New York and improvements for this section of road is a positive development toward safer, better roadways serving my Columbia County constituents.”
Assemblyman Jake Ashby said,“I am proud to announce the start of this long needed project to improve the quality of our roads. Since taking office last year, I have worked diligently with the Department of Transportation and local officials such as New Lebanon Supervisor Colleen Teal to improve the conditions on Route 22 and am proud that our work is coming to fruition.”
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.