Construction has started on two Hudson Valley highway projects, according to a news release from New York State Department of Transportation acting commissioner Paul A. Karas.
The first project will install Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment on roadways in the Hudson Valley, while the second will upgrade existing guide signs on Interstate 84 from the Pennsylvania state line in Orange County to the Connecticut state line in Putnam County.
These projects complement ongoing work on the I-84 corridor. Since 2013, the Department of Transportation has invested more than $118 million in capital projects on Interstate 84, one of the most highly-traveled roadways in the Hudson Valley.
Preparatory work on the Interstate 84 sign upgrades, including tree trimming and sign foundation installation, is underway. However, the installation of the new sign panels, and removal of the old panels, is expected to begin in the spring of 2019. Construction and installation work on the ITS project is underway. Construction on both projects is expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 construction season. Construction and installation work may result in lane closures, which will be announced in advance.
The ITS equipment is being installed on Interstate 84 from the Pennsylvania State line to the Connecticut State line in Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties; on Interstate 684 northbound from Exit 2 (State Route 120) in Westchester County to Exit 9 (Interstate 84) in Putnam County; and on the southbound side of Sprain Brook Parkway between the Taconic State Parkway and the Interstate 287 interchanges in village of Elmsford, Westchester County.
“With the addition the cutting-edge ITS technologies, coupled with sign upgrades on the Interstate, we are facilitating improved traffic control and safer options for the thousands of commuters, commercial vehicles and residents who utilize the roadway every day,” Karas said in the statement.
The installed ITS equipment will be linked to the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center (HVTMC) in Hawthorne, Westchester County, where staff will monitor and collect information on traffic conditions, quickly detect incidents and dispatch the proper response.