JOE ROBACH OF THE NYS SENATE SUPPORTS GOVERNOR’S DRIVERS FIRST’ INITIATIVE TO REDUCE DISRUPTION FOR MOTORISTS AT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE

Joe Robach of the NYS Senate supports the Governor’s ‘Drivers First’ initiative, a new approach by the State Department of Transportation to prioritize the convenience of motorists and ensure that disruptions are as minimal as possible to drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.

To kick off the initiative, the Governor directed the State Department of Transportation to adjust the construction schedule on the Twin Bridges repair project to reduce disruption and delays for drivers in the Capital Region and motorists traveling to and from the North Country. At the Governor’s direction, NYSDOT will adjust the construction schedule to ensure the bridge opens both lanes to traffic Sunday at noon, instead of early Monday morning. Like the Governor, Joe Robach (56th Senate District) believes that government needs to adjust to the people, not vice versa.

In addition, the Governor has directed NYSDOT to undertake a thorough review of all state highway and bridge repair projects to ensure that disruptions are as minimal as possible to motorists. To ensure that future projects prioritize the convenience of New York drivers, the Governor has also directed NYSDOT to include in its primary criteria for awarding contracts a requirement that all construction schedules are designed to cause as few disruptions for motorists as possible.

The adjusted construction schedule will come at no additional cost to the project’s contract. The Governor today also directed NYSDOT staff to continually update the variable message signs and place them further north on the Northway so travelers can change their travel schedule well in advance of the Twin Bridges. For more information about Executive or Senate initiatives, contact the office of Joe Robach.