ALBANY—New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll announced recently that work was to begin in September on a $7-million project to pave and make other improvements on a northern section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway in the towns of Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County and the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County, and a portion of Route 6 in the towns of Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County.
The construction contractor for the project is Halmar International, LLC of Nanuet, NY. All construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2015.
“The Palisades Interstate Parkway and Route 6 are critical highways for Orange County and Rockland County commuters, carrying thousands of travelers each day and supporting the regional economy,” Commissioner Driscoll said. “With Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo’s investment in critical transportation infrastructure projects, we will work to keep New York State’s essential roadways in good condition.”
Approximately four miles of both the northbound and southbound sides of the Palisades Interstate Parkway will be paved, from the Bear Mountain Circle in Highlands to the Bookstore/Service Area on the Parkway in Stony Point. Two inches of asphalt and a thin overly will be installed. Gutter, shoulder, and drainage work are also planned, as well as full restriping.
Additionally, a three-mile segment of Route 6 between Route 293 and the Palisades Interstate Parkway will be resurfaced as part of Gov. Cuomo’s Accelerated Paving Program. The work was moved up into this construction season due to damage from severe frosts last winter.
Drainage basins will be cleaned and repaired and gutters will be restored or installed as necessary. Centerline rumble strips will also be installed to reduce the incidence of head-on and opposite direction sideswipe collisions. The work will also include shoulder repairs and installation of pavement markings.
During the work, some parkway sections under construction may be fully closed to ensure the safety of motorists and work crews and there also may be nightly lane closures. When necessary, motorists will be detoured and signs will guide drivers back to the parkway. There may also be single-lane, off-peak and daytime lane closures. Paving is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.