New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez today announced that a bridge replacement project is underway to enhance safety along Route 54 in the town of Urbana, Steuben County, near the Village of Hammondsport at the south end of Keuka Lake.
The project will replace the existing bridge carrying Route 54 over Loughline Creek, just east of Back Valley Road, with a modern steel multi-girder bridge designed to include wider shoulders, creating bike space, and a new sidewalk for pedestrians.
The new, $2.76 million structure will include hot-dipped galvanized steel components, which help prevent corrosion and deterioration of the bridge, providing for a longer service life and requiring less maintenance over time.
“All across the state Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation are modernizing our infrastructure and building back better by investing in projects that promote resiliency and make our communities more adaptable and accessible by for the 21st century,” said Commissioner Dominguez. “By creating reliable access for bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles, the new bridge will better serve the communities of Urbana and Hammondsport.”
The bridge over Loughline Creek is directionally west of the Hammondsport Fire Department and just south of the Hammondsport Central Schools near the southern end of Keuka Lake. In addition to a new sidewalk and wider shoulders on the bridge, the project also plans to install new sidewalk along Route 54A between the intersection of Route 54 and the Hammondsport Central Schools, enhancing safety for nearby pedestrians and bicyclists.
Senator Tom O’Mara said, “We welcome these continued state investments in local infrastructure across Steuben County and the Southern Tier region. This bridge replacement will greatly enhance pedestrian safety, assist local first responders, and facilitate the community’s access to other vital services. Overall, investment in local roads and bridges will continue to be critical for strengthening local communities and economies and easing the burden on local property taxpayers.”
Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano said, “I would like to thank the New York State Department of Transportation for their strong commitment to ensuring our roads and bridges are safe for our traveling motorists. This critical bridge replacement project over State Route 54 in the Town of Urbana is a clear example of New York State Department of Transportation’s investment in our local transportation infrastructure which will benefit all motorists and businesses who depend on safe roads.”
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said, “Steuben County is grateful for New York State’s investment in this critical infrastructure. This bridge replacement project will enhance pedestrian access to businesses and amenities on Route 54, while ensuring the safety of our traveling public.”
During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained along Route 54 using an alternating single-lane traffic pattern, controlled by a temporary on-site traffic signal.
The new traffic pattern is expected to be in place for approximately eight months. Construction activities are expected to continue through Summer 2021.
Motorists may experience short delays during construction and should consider using an alternate route.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today’s announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $7.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs.