HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y., March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Greater than 100 group and enterprise leaders from the Hudson Valley zoomed in March 18 for a presentation by the New York State Division of Transportation (DOT) on the standing of a Planning and Atmosphere Linkages (PEL) examine of the Route 17 hall in Orange and Sullivan counties. Members of the coalition 17-Ahead-86 voiced help for the proposal to widen Route 17 and enhance mobility for enhanced security and financial stability within the area.
State transportation officers outlined the PEL course of in the course of the 90-minute digital public workshop and supplied updates concerning the Route 17 examine, which is being initiated by the DOT in cooperation with the Federal Freeway Administration. The DOT final yr started a scoping and preliminary assessment course of as a part of the $5 million PEL examine, whose funding was secured with the assistance of the 17-Ahead-86 coalition by means of the 2018-2019 state price range.
The aim of the PEL examine is to guage the engineering feasibility and potential environmental impacts of affordable options to handle the hall’s transportation wants contemplating present and anticipated development within the area. The DOT has begun public outreach as a part of the PEL course of, which is designed to streamline and speed up venture supply.
“17-Ahead-86 is dedicated to bettering mobility within the area by offering an extra journey lane and different essential upgrades alongside Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan counties,” stated coalition co-chair Maureen Halahan, president and CEO of the Orange County Partnership. “We’re inspired that efforts to widen the hall have been shifting ahead and the PEL examine is a crucial step in making these long-discussed and urgently wanted upgrades a actuality. That is our time – for us to carry nice financial prosperity to the area and band collectively for security and sustainability.”
Following the presentation, attendees weighed in on the proposal to widen Route 17. Supporters cited as priorities security, enhanced mobility, defending the setting, jobs creation, financial improvement and monetary duty.
“Mobility will not be a luxurious; it’s an absolute necessity in our fast-paced economic system,” stated Ross J. Pepe, coalition member, and president of the Development Business Council (CIC) of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc. “Enhancing mobility on the Route 17 hall will enhance security and ease entry into and thru the area. It’ll additionally create greater than 13,500 direct and oblique building trade jobs and plenty of extra as soon as the venture is accomplished.”
For greater than 4 a long time, CIC has been a number one voice in advancing nearly each main initiative within the Hudson Valley, starting from capital enhancements and alternative of the Tappan Zee Bridge to main city developments, clear water, regulatory reform and labor points.
The PEL is scheduled to be accomplished in October 2021 and the 17-Ahead-86 coalition believes the environmental and engineering work ought to proceed to progress to make sure the venture is positioned for federal stimulus or different infrastructure funding packages.
“There are millions of stakeholders dedicated to seeing this venture by means of and now could be the proper time to maneuver ahead as infrastructure funding plans are being developed on the federal and state ranges,” stated Marc Baez, president and CEO, Sullivan County Partnership and co-chair, 17-Ahead-86. “Research from almost a decade in the past point out the hall is already over-capacity and we should put together for added visitors as extra corporations put money into our area.”
The subsequent public workshop is scheduled for June three, 2021.
17-Ahead-86 was established in August 2018 by a devoted group of advocates who help the widening of Route 17. The coalition includes greater than 200 members of financial improvement teams, building trades, tourism teams and vitality corporations who share a typical imaginative and prescient for increasing the capability of Route 17 to strengthen the financial well-being of the Hudson Valley and Sullivan Catskills. To study extra, go to www.17Ahead86.org.
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