Governor Hochul Announces Record $32.8 Billion for Transportation Infrastructure in Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
The budget includes a historic new five-year, $32.8 billion capital plan for proposed programs and projects administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. The passage of this new capital plan, the largest investment ever in the state’s transportation infrastructure, represents a $9.4 billion (40.2%) increase over the previous five-year plan. The new transportation plan prioritizes and refocuses investments on national and local roads and bridges in smaller municipalities; makes communities across our state more resilient to extreme weather events; and incorporates strategic investments to reconnect neighborhoods and facilitate regional economic growth, while creating thousands of new jobs.
“Passing this extraordinary capital plan sends a strong signal that New York is rebuilding stronger than ever from the depths of the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “With this plan, we will give communities the infrastructure they need to unlock their full potential, improving connectivity, supporting transport alternatives and correcting past injustices. I applaud Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie for their help in bringing this project to fruition. »
The cornerstone of the new transportation investment plan is the targeted, record level of investment in local roads and bridges in New York’s smaller municipalities. Under the Transportation Capital Plan passed, direct support for local roads and bridges increases to more than $6.1 billion over the five-year period, an increase of nearly $2.5 billion. dollars (69%), including the doubling of funding available through the BRIDGE NY program and the new Operation Pave our Potholes initiative. At the same time, the enacted investment plan provides the necessary resources for the Department to maintain and renew state-owned assets.
Passing this plan will result in historic levels of funding for local governments, make supply chains more efficient, and better position the private sector to create highly skilled, well-paying jobs. Highlights of the plan include:
- Revitalizing the South Bronx by rebuilding the Bruckner Sheridan Interchange in Hunts Point (New York area) – This project, currently under construction by the New York State Department of Transportation, will transform South Bronx neighborhoods by correcting past planning mistakes by prioritizing health and safety. The construction of the new motorway interchange; entrance and exit ramps; and the rehabilitation of the Bruckner Viaduct will reduce commercial truck traffic in local residential areas; improve mobility, operations and security; and mitigate poor air quality and harmful emissions in the South Bronx, one of the communities with the highest asthma rates in the nation. This project will also support the continued growth of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, which supplies up to 60% of the produce, meat and fish consumed by New York City residents and visitors, by providing direct access to the campus. . The Hunts Point Distribution Center employs over 6,000 workers. In addition, the project will construct a new 1.5 mile shared-use road providing a connection to the 138and Street bike path leading to Randall’s Island, manhattan and Bronx River Greenway. The adopted budget includes $550 million for the final phase of construction. All phases of this project are expected to be completed in the fall of 2025.
- Oakdale Merger Reconfiguration (Long Island area) – To ease congestion where Sunrise Highway (Route 27), Montauk Highway (Route 27A), and other roads converge, the state has committed $30 million to initiate the environmental review process required by the federal government to reconfigure amalgamation of Oakdale into Suffolk County. The merger can no longer accommodate the approximately 126,000 vehicles that pass through the area daily, and reducing recurring delays will mitigate harmful emissions affecting adjacent communities and improve the quality of life for Long Island commuters.
- Covering part of the Cross-Bronx Freeway (New York area) – In partnership with New York City, the new state capital plan includes resources to begin a study that will assess the feasibility of the decking sections of the Cross Bronx Freeway. The assessment will consider alternatives for reconnecting communities separated by the construction of the viaduct to create new open public spaces, improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along local streets and reduce the harmful effects of noise, air and heat pollution next to the highway. This assessment represents a critical step toward removing unfair physical and economic barriers for Bronx residents.
- Conversion of Highway 17 Corridor in Orange and Sullivan Counties (Mid-Hudson Region) – Significant investments in the Mid-Hudson Valley have resulted in the expansion of Woodbury Common and the construction of Legoland and Resorts World Catskills Casino. During the last years, projects have been completed by the Department of Transport to further improve sections of Route 17, including the reconstruction of the interchange at Junction 131, where Route 17 meets Highway 87 and Route 32 (Woodbury Common) and rebuilding exits 122 and 125 (Legoland) to meet interstate standards. Up to $1 billion from the Capital Plan will be used to accelerate the conversion of the Highway 17 Corridor in Orange and Sullivan Counties to Interstate 86, fueling transformative levels of economic growth in the region and improving quality of life by reducing congestion.
- Building the Community Network in the City of Syracuse (Central New York Area) – Interstate 81 serves as a critical travel corridor for the Central New York area, particularly downtown Syracuse. The Community Grid project was highlighted by President Biden as reflecting the administration’s priorities for equity, economic opportunity and transforming neighborhoods being left behind. Adopted capital plan includes $1.1 billion, balance of $1.9 billion project commitment, to replace elevated downtown overpass structure with new community network that would disperse traffic along local north-south streets, upgrading a section of Interstate 481 and renaming it as the new Interstate 81. The project will reconnect neighborhoods cut off by construction of the original freeway and rejuvenate the downtown area with the construction of safe pedestrian and bicycle access for users of all ages and abilities.
- Raising the Inner Loop Freeway in the City of Rochester (Finger Lakes Region) – The state has committed up to $100 million in the new capital plan to raise the Inner Loop North freeway in the city of Rochester. This new phase builds on the successful completion of the City of Rochester-administered Inner Loop East project in 2017, which raised and reconnected a 2/3 mile underground freeway into an at-grade boulevard. The new Inner Loop North project will reconnect several communities separated from downtown Rochester; provide direct links to the Genesee River and the High Falls District; connect and expand ROC the Riverway program investments; promote connectivity; create new world-class green spaces; and facilitate economic development opportunities, including new infill development.
- Restoration of the Majestic Humboldt Parkway in the City of Buffalo (Western New York area) – New Capital Plan for Transportation includes up to $1 billion to reconnect east-west neighborhoods across depressed section of Kensington Freeway Corridor and restore green space originally provided by Humboldt Parkway without compromising the long-term capacity of the important regional network. transport link provided by the highway. The existing highway is essential for the region and has operational and structural shortcomings that require significant investment to address. This project will promote a community approach to restore the historical and cultural significance of this corridor severed by construction in 1958.
- Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge Replacement (Capital Region) – The Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge provides a critical link for Northeast Corridor passenger rail service to Albany-Rensselaer. This new transportation plan includes up to $400 million to replace the existing Civil War-era bridge with a new, modern structure capable of supporting high-speed passenger rail, freight rail , maritime transport and bicycle-pedestrian access.