NYSDOT Announces Funding Boost For South Catherine Street Project

Construction on Project to Improve Plattsburgh's Economic Corridor Should Start This Summer

ALBANY, NY (02/06/2014)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced $3 million in state funding for a project to reconstruct South Catherine Street in the city of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, ensuring that the comprehensive project will move forward. The reconstruction will support mobility through the city and improve access to the Plattsburgh International Airport and Interstate 87.

"The reconstruction of South Catherine Street is vital to Plattsburgh's economic vitality," Commissioner McDonald said. "With Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, the Department of Transportation is helping fund necessary transportation infrastructure improvements that will not only enhance safety, but will support growth at Plattsburgh International Airport and other major industries throughout the city."

Plattsburgh Mayor James E. Calnon said, "On behalf of the City of Plattsburgh we are thrilled to be able to move forward on this much needed and much anticipated street improvement project on one of our most important arterial roadways. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and NYSDOT for their partnership in making this project possible. We have been working on the design of this project, which has included public input and alternatives evaluation for quite some time and I am happy to report that the design of the project has been completed and we are ready to move forward with bidding and construction."

Senator Betty Little said, "Moving forward on this project helps move the economy forward in Plattsburgh. There will be a long-term benefit for city commerce important to local businesses and residents while providing visitors an improved and more welcoming means of getting to the places they want to go. I thank Governor Cuomo and Commissioner McDonald for supporting this important infrastructure project."

Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey said, "I greatly appreciate the support of Governor Cuomo and Commissioner McDonald in appropriating the funding to reconstruct South Catherine Street. This main artery through the city of Plattsburgh has been in dire need of replacement for several years. This reconstruction will greatly benefit all who travel this route, especially those residents and businesses in the south end of the City."

The project will reconstruct approximately one mile of South Catherine Street (State Route 22) from the South Catherine Street Bridge over the Saranac River to South Peru Street. South Catherine Street is one of only three routes that cross the Saranac River within the city of Plattsburgh and is an important corridor for the recently opened Plattsburgh International Airport, for I-87 access and for local industry.

Construction on the approximately $6 million project is expected to begin this summer.