Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the start of a $61.8 million pavement improvement project on a four-mile stretch of the New England Thruway I-95 in the Bronx and Westchester County. The majority of the work will take place in the Bronx and includes the rehabilitation of 11 bridges and the replacement of the superstructures – concrete decks and steel beams – of two pedestrian bridges. Approximately 120,000 vehicles use this heavily traveled corridor each day.
“New York State is committed to rehabilitating aging infrastucture in communities that have gone overlooked for far too long,” Governor Hochul said. “This project will make critical safety improvements to I-95 in the Bronx and Westchester County and provide not only a safer driving experience for the millions of New Yorkers who drive on the highway every year, but also modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure.”
The I-95 project will begin with full-depth pavement repairs, meaning crews will remove and replace the most deteriorated portions on a four-mile stretch of roadway (milepost 0 to 4.0), down to its subbase in both the northbound and southbound direction. Covering more than 24 total lane miles, the repairs will improve the roadway’s structural integrity. After the concrete pavement is repaired, a two-course asphalt overlay will be installed to provide a smoother ride for motorists.
Paving operations and the majority of work will take place overnight to reduce impacts to motorists.
The other major component of the project is extensive bridge work. Crews will rehabilitate 10 vehicular bridges/ramps and one pedestrian bridge and remove and replace the superstructure on two pedestrian bridges over I-95 in the Bronx (one at 222nd Street and another at Dyre Avenue). Each bridge superstructure replacement will occur over a 48-hour period on a weekend with free shuttle bus service provided during the closures. Those dates and further details will be announced at a later date.
In addition, safety improvements will include new guiderail, additional reflective line striping and upgrades to concrete barriers and curbs. All work is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Restani Construction Corp., of Queens, N.Y., is the project contractor following a competitive bidding process.
Thruway Authority Interim Executive Director Frank G. Hoare said, “Interstate 95 is a vital link for residents and commerce between New York City and New England, and rehabilitating this section will bring long-term improvements, improve community connections, and enhance the driving surface for the more than 40 million passenger and commercial vehicles who travel the corridor each year. This project is another example of strategically investing our toll revenue to meet the evolving needs of motorists and commerce across the tri-state region.”
Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, “The I-95 pavement improvement project, which goes through my district in New Rochelle and Pelham and includes on and off ramps which badly need repair, is welcome news for the thousands of residents who rely on I-95 each day. I will continue to advocate for state infrastructure improvement projects like this which help residents and support our economy.”
Motorists may encounter lane closures on the New England Thruway along with traffic shifts and stoppages while construction is underway. Motorists should follow the posted work zone speed limits and are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. 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 license.
The Authority’s approved 2023 Budget invests a total of $413 million to support its Capital Program, which is scheduled to invest $1.9 billion into capital projects through 2027.