BP Oddo and Council Member Borelli Announce That Construction on the Long Awaited Infrastructure Improvement at Amboy Road and Huguenot Avenue Has Begun
Staten Island, NY – South Shore drivers may have noticed more activity at Amboy Road and Huguenot Avenue in recent days. Borough President James Oddo and Council Member Joe Borelli are pleased to announce that this activity means that the long-awaited and oft-delayed infrastructure improvement project at this problematic intersection has begun. This project is currently in the first stage of construction. The project will widen Amboy Road to create dedicated straight, right, and left turn lanes heading south and provide new striping for a dedicated left turn lane from Huguenot onto Amboy. It is scheduled to be completed in November 2017.
All Staten Islanders know that the intersection is notorious for congestion, especially during the morning and afternoon school arrival and dismissals. That is why it has been such a high priority for an improvement for Borough President Oddo and Council Member Borelli.
BP Oddo said, “We at Borough Hall spend so much time, energy, and effort pleading with the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to move their projects into construction. This intersection is one that is in desperate need of an improvement to improve the quality of life for all who use it. Back in November we announced that DDC has issued a Notice to Proceed to the contractor allowing them begin the mobilization process. Despite that, experience has shown that we must always remain skeptical that a project will actually start until we see shovels in the ground. This project has been working its way through the process for a long time, like so many others, and has been a major cause of frustration because we know what a positive impact it will have on the community when completed. That’s why it is so exciting to see actual construction start. When completed, it will be a safer and more efficient intersection.”
“This is an improvement that we’ve been working on for a long time, and I’m really excited that our efforts are bearing fruit. This road widening will alleviate congestion and make it a little easier for residents and drivers to travel in Huguenot,” said Council Member Borelli.
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Work to Begin on N. Bridge Street/S. Bridge Street Connection under Outerbridge Crossing
Project was originally funded with a $100,000 grant from then-Assemblyman Borelli
Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the New York City Department of Transportation are announcing the commencement of work on the Bridge Street cross-through turn in Richmond Valley.
This project will create a new small street and turning opportunity under the Outerbridge Crossing, just prior to the Arthur Kill Road and North and South Bridge Street intersections, to ease traffic and create efficiencies in anticipation of higher volumes of traffic in the area. This will allow motorists making left turns from North to South Bridge Street to avoid a dangerous turn and lengthy traffic light at Arthur Kill Road. The area that the new road will run through is currently being used by the Port Authority to store supplies.
The project was first proposed by Council Member Borelli in 2015 when he was serving as a member of the New York State Assembly, and he was able to secure $100,000 in state funding to kick off the remediation of the site.
As a city council member, he was able to provide the project with an additional $500,000 of capital funding. However, after working with DOT and PANYNJ, the agencies worked out a plan to the complete the project in-house within current expense parameters, meaning the additional $500,000 can be diverted to other projects, like the adjacent Richmond Valley Road widening.
“We are always pleased to work with Councilmember Borelli and the Port Authority, and the Bridge Street cross-through work is no exception,” said NYC DOT Staten Island Borough Commissioner Tom Cocola. “Safety of all New Yorkers is our mission and this project will help ease traffic volumes and create a more secure environment for everyone who travels through the area.”
“I would like to thank Commissioner Cocola of DOT, and Chris Lee and Roger Prince of the Port Authority for making this as much a personal mission for them as it was to me. Often times the public wonders why government fails to see and implement the simple solutions it could take to ease certain problems in our community. This project is just that, and I am glad to see government work efficiently and effectively towards alleviating traffic conditions near Tottenville and the Arthur Kill Road corridor.” said Borelli.
The Port Authority’s demolition of the concrete barriers and salt containers will be completed by the end of the year and DOT has will pave the new street during its spring paving schedule.