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An archive of news previously mentioned on the New York Roads Portal, separated by year.



  • May 30, 2015: The speed limit on NY 198 (the Scajaquada Expressway) is reduced to 30 mph through Delaware Park due to the death of two kids.[1]




  • November 19: A 4-mile (6 km) extension of the Southern Expressway (U.S. Route 219) opens to traffic, moving the highway's southern terminus from NY 39 in Springville to Peters Road in Ashford.[6]
  • August 24: The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will assume maintenance of Interstate 84 in New York on October 11. This section of I-84 had been maintained by the New York State Thruway Authority for the last 20 years.[7]
  • August 19: The gas stations at the Chittenango and Oneida travel plazas on the New York State Thruway will be closed until the first week of November for renovations.[8]
  • August 17: Local officials are calling on those at the state and federal levels to allocate more funding to the construction of the last segment of the U.S. Route 15 freeway in Steuben County. The construction of bridges along the new road is not expected to start until 2012 due to a lack of funds, pushing the total completion date as far back as 2015.[9]
  • August 4: Ground is officially broken on Interstate 781 (I-781), a proposed connector between I-81 and Fort Drum north of Watertown.[10]
  • July 27: A set of steel girders collapse along the under-construction bypass of Parksville at Fox Mountain Road. The new highway is part of the effort to convert NY 17 into Interstate 86.[11]
  • July 27: NYSDOT holds a public hearing to solicit ideas on how to improve the interchanges between NY 390 and NY 31 and Interstate 490 in Gates. The combined junction, built in the 1960s, handles over 200,000 cars per day and has two movements that cause weaving.[12]
  • July 20: NYSDOT officials announce that construction of the Fort Drum connector (Interstate 781) will begin the week of July 20. It is expected to be completed in mid-2012.[13]
  • July 12: U.S. Representative Michael Arcuri introduces legislation to redesignate the 11-mile (18 km) portion of the Utica–Rome Expressway between NY 825 in Rome and the North–South Arterial in Utica as Interstate 790.[14]
  • April 4: Three New York-based contractor associations—the Long Island Contractors' Association, the General Contracts Association of New York, and the Construction Industry Council—plan to file a lawsuit against New York Governor David Paterson over his decision to suspend work on all state-funded highway projects.[15]
  • March 31: Work will begin April 5 on a project to replace the deck of the South Grand Island Bridge's northbound span. The deck will be replaced in sections during the overnight hours, during which time the southbound span will handle both directions of traffic on Interstate 190. The new deck will consist of 30-foot (9 m) by 8-foot (2 m) precast concrete panels, which allow the deck to be replaced while keeping it open to traffic. A traditional deck replacement – which requires closing the bridge for the duration of the construction season – was ruled out due to the amount of traffic that the bridge carries.[16]
  • March 30: Overdrive magazine ranks the roads of New York as the third-worst in the United States in its annual survey. The state ranked ahead of only Pennsylvania and Michigan and was tied with California.[17]
  • March 30: Governor David Paterson suspends all highway projects not paid for through federal stimulus funds due to the lack of a 2010–11 state budget. The soonest the suspended projects—which includes the Fort Drum connector (future Interstate 781) north of Watertown—could resume is April 7, when the New York State Legislature returns from their Passover and Easter vacation. According to Paterson's office, the projects will not resume until the budget or emergency funding is passed.[18]
  • March 17: Demolition begins on a building adjacent to Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse.[19] The portion of northbound I-81 between I-690 and Court Street was closed on February 26 after part of the building collapsed.[20] It reopened during the weekend of March 20.[21]
  • March 3: The village of Pittsford announces that it will conduct a study on a 1-mile (2 km) segment of Jefferson Road (New York State Route 96 and New York State Route 252) in order to develop a long-term plan for the road. Improvements being considered include the installation of decorative lighting and the creation of right-of-way lanes at the junction of Jefferson Road and South Main Street (NY 96 and New York State Route 64). According to the village, any improvements to the road would likely be paid for by the village due to the financial troubles of the state.[22]


  1. ^ Drantch, Ed (May 31, 2015). "198 speed limit reduced to 30 mph through park". WKBW-TV. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Upadhye, Neeti (December 1, 2014). "Inner Loop closure set for Tuesday". Gannett. Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Brelje, Beth (July 14, 2014). "Historic Pond Eddy Bridge, built in 1904, up for sale in Pennsylvania". Pocono Record. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Route 103 Reopens to Traffic Two Weeks Early" (Press release). Office of the Governor of New York. December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Waldman, Scott (November 6, 2011). "Lake Champlain Bridge set to open". The Albany Times-Union. Albany, New York. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Extension of western NY's Rte. 219 opens". The Buffalo News. Associated Press. November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ Rife, Judy (August 24, 2010). "DOT prepares to resume Interstate 84 care". Times Herald-Record. Middletown, Orange County, New York. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ Powers, Matt (August 19, 2010). "2 Thruway gas stations closed until November". Oneida Daily Dispatch. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Finger, Ray (August 17, 2010). "Politicians trying to speed up Route 15 construction project". Star-Gazette. Elmira, New York. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ Rusho, Kris (August 4, 2010). "Ground Broken for Fort Drum Connector Road". WWNY-TV. Watertown, New York. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "DOT investigates highway girder collapse". Mid-Hudson News. Middletown, Orange County, New York. July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ McDermott, Meaghan M. (July 26, 2010). "DOT seeks input on 490/390 junction". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. p. 3B. 
  13. ^ "Work on new Fort Drum highway to begin this week". Times Union. Albany, New York. Associated Press. July 20, 2010. 
  14. ^ Ackerman, Byron (July 12, 2010). "Interstate proposal could bring $10M to area, officials say". The Observer-Dispatch. Utica, New York. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ Phillips, Jack (April 4, 2010). "Contractors to File Suit Against NY Gov. Over Delay". The Epoch Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ Habuda, Janice L. (March 31, 2010). "Work begins Monday on Grand Island bridge". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  17. ^ Bouffard, Karen (March 30, 2010). "Michigan roads second worst in country". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  18. ^ Gormley, Michael (March 30, 2010). "NY suspends construction projects in fiscal crisis". BusinessWeek. Associated Press. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  19. ^ Rubado, Meghan (March 17, 2010). "Good news for I-81 drivers: Excavators score knockout of crumbling Syracuse building". The Post-Standard. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  20. ^ Moriarty, Rick (March 15, 2010). "Demolition could start Wednesday on building that caused I-81 closing in Syracuse". The Post-Standard. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Interstate 81 to reopen this weekend". WSYR-TV. March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  22. ^ LaMothe Jr., Ernst (March 3, 2010). "Pittsford pondering main street upgrades". Democrat and Chronicle. p. 3B.