State DOT Awards Contract for Reconstruction of State Route 17 Exit 122

$73 Million Project to Improve Safety and Mobility in Wallkill, Orange County

ALBANY, NY (10/06/2011)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced the award of a $73 million contract to reconstruct Exit 122 on NYS Route 17 in Wallkill, Orange County, part of ongoing improvements that are converting Route 17 to meet federal interstate standards and allow its redesignation as I-86. The project, which will include a bridge replacement and the reconstruction of the interchange, will address safety and operational deficiencies.

"This project will enhance mobility throughout the region, support economic development and provide safer access to the local community, including Orange Regional Medical Center, which recently opened off of Exit 122," Commissioner McDonald said. "This important project is critical for Orange County and the region, and I'm pleased it's moving forward."

The construction contract was awarded to A. Servidone/B. Anthony Construction, Joint Venture of Castleton, NY. The project is being constructed under a Project Labor Agreement involving the contractor and trade unions working on the project.

This project, covering the first of two phases of work, will replace a bridge and reconstruct highway ramps that serve the hospital. This phase will take approximately two and a half years to complete.

Ross J. Pepe, President of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley, Inc., said: "When complete this important project will help revitalize Orange County's economy and create sorely needed jobs. The fact that it is being built under the terms of a cost-efficient Project Labor Agreement ensures employment of resident area trades workers and is an added bonus to the local economy and taxpayers."

Scott Batulis, President and CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center, said: "It's critical to improve the Exit 122 corridor and provide appropriate and safe transportation routes for our community. Exit 122 is vital for community members that seek healthcare service at the main hospital, our Medical Pavilion or other outpatient centers and doctor offices – all of which are adjacent to this exit. We're excited that the project is underway and look forward to its timely completion."

John D'Ambrosio, President of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, said: "I am delighted to hear this major project is finally on the way to completion. It will provide the growing businesses and healthcare facilities, including Orange Regional Medical Center, along this corridor easier and safer access for their customers and patients as well as jobs for the construction industry."