(Monticello) - Legislature Vice Chairman Elwin “Woody” Wood led Sullivan County officials in praising the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 9 for the progress on the Exit 106 construction project that is integral to Sullivan County’s Economic Development Public Policy and Transportation Circulation Planning.  The Exit 106 project is part of the conversion of State Route 17 to federal Interstate Route 86 (I-86).  State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther joined the County officials today to show their support for this NYSDOT project, and its importance to the Sullivan County regionally economy.

“The I-86 conversion has long been planned and anticipated for the Sullivan County region, and we are now seeing the process come to reality, at the direction of Jack Williams, NYSDOT Region 9 Administrator, with the progress in Parksville, and the progress with the Exit 106 construction.  Sullivan County thanks our Federal and State representatives for keeping the commitment to the I-86 project that will have a positive impact upon the greater Sullivan County economy,” said Wood, Chairman of the Economic and Community Development Committee.  

Exit 106, which directly accesses the former Apollo site – the East Broadway Redevelopment Area, will be reconfigured to allow for easier access both eastbound and westbound.  Traffic entering and exiting the new Interstate 86 will pass directly by the East Broadway Redevelopment Area.  Major improvements to County Road 173 (also known as Old Route 17 and East Broadway), which links the East Broadway Redevelopment Area to downtown Monticello, are also planned.  These improvements will facilitate the flow of traffic along County Road 173, and improve access into the proposed methane production project area.  In downtown Monticello, a multi- million dollar project to redesign a center median on Broadway, replace water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure, improve drainage, and replace and landscape sidewalks is currently underway and is expected to be completed by Fall 2011.  All of these improvements will greatly enhance Monticello’s attractiveness to new businesses, residents and visitors.   

"The new Exit 106 Interchange will be a significant catalyst for new investment in the County-owned Apollo Plaza site and the East Broadway Corridor.   The County Legislature now needs to carefully and objectively evaluate all proposals for the redevelopment of the Apollo Plaza site to ensure our community gets a maximum return-on-investment from this public infrastructure improvement for years to come.    Our community needs to expand its tax base and job opportunities more than ever.   This project holds the promise of delivering both, “said Alan Sorensen, Legislator District 9.

During the height of the resort industry in Sullivan County, the Exit 106 limitations proved to be an obstacle for access to the East Broadway Redevelopment Area.  "Accessibility was a contribution to the loss of business at the former Apollo Mall; as we redevelop, this exit is a crucial factor," said Leni C. Binder, Legislature Minority Leader and Chair of the Public Safety Committee.

“NYSDOT Region 9 has been a good partner on numerous transportation projects in Sullivan County.  Jack Williams has been a tremendous administrator working closely with Sullivan County’s Division of Public Works, not only on this Exit 106 construction, but on several projects throughout the County over years,” said David A. Sager, Chairman of the Public Works Committee.

The $9.18 million project was awarded to Delaney Construction in August 2010.  Bridge work on the Exit 106 project commenced on October 4, 2010. Two of four footings are completed. Abutments and piers are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Excavation and construction for the relocation of the road (CR173A and new RT 17 EB off ramp) are ongoing.  The Exit 106 Project will be completed during the fourth quarter of 2011 and first quarter of 2012.

“The Economic Development goals of the I-86 conversion will not only assist the East Broadway Redevelopment Area, but will become critical to the growth and success of our assets such as the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, which has become Sullivan County’s Crown Jewel. The I-86 conversion will open doors for Sullivan County from Mamakating to Monticello, from Bethel to Liberty, and from Parksville to Roscoe,” concluded Sager.

For more information, contact David Fanslau 845-807-0450 or Legislators at 845-807-0435

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