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July 7, 2014

Federal program provides $3.4 M to improve part of state Route 8 in Chenango County

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced recently that $3.4 million in federal funding will help make roads in Chenango County safer, according to a media release.

The funding will go toward a state Department of Transportation project that will improve safety along Route 8 in the towns of Norwich, New Berlin and Columbus, the release said.

The improvements will include flattening curves, widening shoulders and improving sight distance, according to the release. High-friction surface treatments will also be installed on downgrades.

This project is part of a larger $75.6 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding, which will be used to complete 33 road safety projects across New York, the release said. Projects were selected through a competitive process designed to support plans that have the greatest ability to reduce traffic fatalities and severe injuries.

Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said the safety improvements will enhance safety, create jobs and improve the overall quality of life.

“I want to thank Gov. Cuomo and my colleagues in the New York Congressional delegation for supporting these sound investments in transportation infrastructure,” Gibson said. “At the federal level, we can and must do more to make our roads safe and accessible.”

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