New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the completion of the $135 million infrastructure improvement project on a section of the New England Thruway (I-95) in Westchester County known as the “Last Mile.” The project began in 2018.
During the past several decades, 14 miles of I-95 in the Bronx, Pelham, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Harrison and Rye have been reconstructed. This project focused on the final one mile stretch from Exit 22 (Port Chester – Rye – Midland Avenue) to the Connecticut state line, which serves more than 140,000 motorists every day.
“With investments in critical projects like I-95’s Last Mile, we are not only helping bolster New York’s economy, but solidifying our role as a national leader in transportation infrastructure,” Governor Hochul said. “These corridor improvements are essential in ensuring a safe and reliable highway system for both commuters and visitors to New York.”
“The completion of the “Last Mile” project on I-95 demonstrates the Thruway Authority’s commitment to investing in infrastructure and modernizing our transportation system,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “This stretch of I-95 is one of the busiest on the Thruway and it was long overdue for these needed upgrades to the mainline, the interchange system and local overpasses. With the completion of this project, motorists can now enjoy an improved travel experience in this area.”
ECCO III Enterprises Inc. from Yonkers, NY completed the Design-Bid-Build Best Value contract.
The project included:
The I-95 mainline (milepost 14.1 to milepost 15.0) in both directions was reconstructed along with safety upgrades such as wider shoulders, updated pavement markings and the installation of guiderails and barriers.
The area contains a six-ramp interchange system with the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) and Midland Avenue in the City of Rye and Village of Port Chester.
Several ramps were upgraded and reconfigured to improve traffic flow:
- The I-287 eastbound to I-95 northbound ramp bridge was replaced and realigned.
- The ramp from Midland Avenue was realigned to connect directly to I-95 northbound.
- I-95 southbound was widened to provide a two-lane exit ramp to I-287 westbound.
- Improvements were made to the I-95 northbound/Midland Avenue interchange.
Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation
The project also included work on several bridges:
- The Grace Church Street bridge over I-95 (milepost 14.46) was replaced and opened in Sept. 2020
- The Boston Post Road bridge (milepost 13.71), Purchase Street bridge (milepost 13.48), the Blind Brook culvert bridge (milepost 13.34) and the Byram River bridge (milepost 14.93) were rehabilitated.
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