Joe Robach office announced that funding has been secured to build the final phases of the Interstate 390 Southern Corridor transportation improvement projects in the area of East Henrietta Road and West Henrietta Road in the town of Brighton and city of Rochester, Monroe County. The first phases have already begun on the overall estimated $70 million project, which will improve safety and mobility and set the stage for major economic projects that will create thousands of jobs and boost the region’s profile.

The I-390 improvement project is a 2011 priority project identified by Governor Cuomo’s Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC). Joe Robach noted that the I-390 is a gateway for significant growth in the community, including large projects planned by the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology offices and campuses, which will lead to thousands of new jobs in the local economy generated by university growth. At the University of Rochester, those plans feature expansions of its campus, hospital and research facilities. The University of Rochester is the largest employer in the Rochester area and the sixth largest employer in New York State. These improvements will help support the continued growth of the University and the surrounding area.

The series of projects will improve access between I-390 and the adjacent roads, including Kendrick Road, East River Road, West Henrietta Road (Route 15) and East Henrietta Road (Route 15A). The project was split into four phases, the first of which has already been completed, with the second phase currently underway.

The first phase of the project began in the fall of 2012 and was completed in the fall of 2013. Work as part of the $8.2 million phase included:

    · Construction of a modern roundabout at Kendrick Road and East River Road to replace the existing signalized intersection;

    · Improvement of access to I-390 southbound through the construction of a new entrance ramp from E. River Road;

    · Reconstruction and relocation of the existing off-ramp from I-390 southbound to E. River Road; and

    · Construction of a new auxiliary lane at the divergence of I-390 southbound and I-590 northbound near Route 15A in the town of Brighton.

The second contract in the series of I-390 improvements includes the construction of a new ramp from Kendrick Road to I-390 northbound. Work on the $14.8 million phase began last summer and is scheduled to be complete this fall. Piers for the new ramp have been constructed and steel is expected to be set into place in the coming weeks. It is being constructed through the design-build method, which allows for the combining of design and construction services into a single contract to help expedite repair work to vital infrastructure and save taxpayer money.

This new connection to I-390, along with the direct access from E. River Road, will help improve safety, reduce congestion and provide the access necessary for the University of Rochester to move ahead with expansion plans.

Senator Joe Robach said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo’s office for following through and securing the funds needed to complete this crucial transportation improvement project. The reconstruction of this section of I-390 will not only improve traffic safety for drivers, it will allow better access to the University of Rochester, RIT and MCC, which are not only key academic institutions, but also major employers for our region.”