Press Release, NYS Department of Transportation
KENDALL – The State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced that work is complete on a $5.8 million project that repaved and rehabilitated 7.2 miles of the Lake Ontario State Parkway between Route 19 in Hamlin, Monroe County, and Route 237 in Kendall, Orleans County.
The work improved rideability and enhanced safety along the four-lane Parkway, which provides access to Hamlin Beach State Park, a major summer tourist attraction.
“Improvements and upgraded pavement quality along this section of the Lake Ontario State Parkway will smooth the way for area travelers for years to come,” Karas said. “Pavement rehabilitation projects like this are just one of many ways Governor Cuomo and the State Department of Transportation are working to move the Finger Lakes Forward.”
The project laid new pavement over the Parkway concrete and rehabilitated ramps at several interchanges. It also added new wrong-way signage, pavement markings and striping. In addition, the highway shoulders were narrowed from 12 feet to 8 feet in width.
Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, the project was designed to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The project started in May 2018 and the Parkway remained open to traffic throughout construction, with at least one lane of traffic maintained in each direction. On and off ramps to the interchanges at Hamlin Beach State Park were kept open between Memorial Day and Labor Day to limit impacts to the summer tourism season. Access to the park was maintained throughout the project.
Senator Joe Robach said, “The completion of the Lake Ontario State Parkway road improvement project is great news for our region and the people who use this highway every day. While we are still a few months away from camping and enjoying the beautiful beaches at Hamlin State Park, these improvements will benefit the thousands of tourists who visit every year. I was pleased to help advocate for these needed repairs and improvements that will improve safety for commuters and pedestrians in the area.”
Senator Rob Ortt said, “The completed paving of over seven miles of the parkway is a welcome development for residents of the area and visitors alike. I hope this is just one of several significant improvements we are able to make on the Parkway. Not only will the rehabilitation of this parkway help improve driver safety for those who utilize this road daily, but improvements in access to Hamlin Beach will make viewing our beautiful lakeshore easier for tourists that wish to experience some of the beauty our region has to offer.”
Assemblyman Steve Hawley said, “I am extremely proud to announce that such a large stretch of the Lake Ontario State Parkway has been repaved and rehabilitated. This is a crucial scenic highway in Western New York that provides an avenue for sightseeing, fishing, tourism and travel to the Midwest and Canada. I would like to thank local officials, residents and state lawmakers for their help in delivering this long-awaited project and I look forward to smooth and safe travel for years to come.”
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Investments in infrastructure projects not only modernize our local roads and bridges, but also help spur economic development. Building a strong, efficient infrastructure network is incredibly important as we seek to attract new investment and more jobs to Monroe County, and the Lake Ontario State Parkway project is no exception. Monroe County is proud to be investing $33 million in road and bridge projects in 2019 and we thank the New York State Department of Transportation for sharing our commitment with this community.”
Orleans County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson said, “We are pleased to see some significant progress on the Lake Ontario State Parkway and we are hopeful that this is the start of an ongoing effort by the DOT to preserve and maintain an important piece of Orleans County’s transportation system.”
The stretch of Lake Ontario State Parkway west of Route 98 in the town of Carlton, Orleans County, has closed to vehicular traffic until spring. A detour is in place for motorists to exit at Route 98 and take Route 18 to continue west.