Long-awaited roadwork to install new traffic signals and left turn lanes along Route 202 will begin in three to four weeks. Construction should be completed by the end of the year, according to Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi.
The Town of Cortlandt and Hudson Valley Hospital Center held an official groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon to celebrate the fruition of almost ten years of work on the $2.5 million project. The Town, hospital and county officials have lobbied the state Department of Transportation for years for the funding and approval for the work needed, which they received in February. (See what to expect during construction below.)
“We didn’t give up,” Town of Cortlandt Linda Puglisi said. “We worked together to make this a reality.”
The improvements will make the half-mile stretch much safer for drivers, HVHC visitors and emergency personnel, Puglisi said.
“This roadway improvement project will no doubt be listed among the critical facility improvements for our hospital but it will also be remembered as one of the most important safety initiatives for this community and for those who travel through it every day,’’ said HVHC President John C. Federspiel.
Last year the hospital expanded patient services and plans to open a Cancer Center and Medical Office Building this fall, which is expected to increase traffic.
“The recently released Census shows that this is the largest growing area in the county and the HVHC has grown in the last ten years as well,” County Legislator John Testa said. “I am happy to support this project,” Testa said.
The New York State Department of Transportation is funding the entire project, which will be overseen by the Town of Cortlandt and performed by an outside contractor.
What to Expect During Construction
Route 202 will remain a two-lane road while construction takes place, Puglisi said. Work will be performed mainly during the day and sometimes at night. Portions of the road will be shut down for construction, so traffic is expected to back up in either direction. The construction will reach from just before Conklin Avenue until just after the HVHC entrance (if you are heading West on Rt. 202).
Work will begin in the next four weeks and should be finished by the end of the year.
That stretch of Rt. 202 will be paved once the construction is complete, which is why was not paved during the current resurfacing efforts, Puglisi said.
-New traffic signals along Rt. 202 and Lafayette Ave. and Rt. 202 and Conklin Ave. Intersections
-Left turn lane on Rt. 202 for access to HVHC entrance
-Second left turn lane into Medical offices across from Hospital
-Relocate hospital exit to Lafayette Ave. with four-way signalized intersection
-Left turn lane on Rt. 202 onto Lafayette Ave.
-Left turn lane on Rt. 202 onto Conklin Ave
-Right turn lane on Conklin Ave ont Rt. 202
Patch will bring you the latest updates on the project.