The New York State Department of Transportation recently announced the start of construction on a $4 million project to rehabilitate Empire Boulevard (also known as State Routes 941B and 404) between Helendale Road in Irondequoit and Gravel Road in the Webster.
The project, which includes the resurfacing of the road and the addition of new turning lanes and pedestrian accommodations, will improve driving conditions and enhance safety along this busy thoroughfare that stretches through the Penfield and serves a busy commercial corridor in Monroe County.
“Residents and businesses that rely on Empire Boulevard every day will benefit from the improvements we’re making to this corridor, which are crucial to the local economy in Monroe County and beyond,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “This is one of the many exciting projects that the Department of Transportation has developed in recent years to enhance safety and facilitate commerce, helping to move the Finger Lakes Forward.”
Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to building a 21st Century transportation infrastructure, the project will benefit tens of thousands of motorists who use Empire Boulevard each day and support economic growth in the region for years to come.
In addition to resurfacing the road, the project will also add pavement markings and turning lanes at key locations to improve traffic flow and enhance safety. These include a center, two-way left turn lane between Plank Road and the Bay/Creek Street intersection and a new left turn lane for westbound traffic turning onto Plank.
The center, two-way left turn lane from Kirkland Drive toward Gravel Road will also be extended to eliminate the short section of the existing striped median.
Additionally, the project calls for repairs to manhole and drainage structures, upgraded signage and new sidewalk ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Upgrades will also be made to pedestrian and traffic signals at several locations throughout the 3.5-mile stretch of roadway.
In keeping with Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative, the milling and paving work near the Interstate 590 interchange and in the commercial areas of Penfield and Webster will take place during evening and overnight hours. Two-way traffic will be maintained, though motorists should expect occasional daily single-lane closures.
Access to residential driveways and commercial businesses will also be maintained throughout the project.
Construction is expected to last through the fall. The project is the first phase of a two-part project to repair and upgrade Empire Boulevard. Next spring, construction will begin on the stretch of road west of Helendale Road to Culver Road. The department will be announcing details of a public information meeting to inform residents about that project in the coming months.
Call 511 or visit 511NY.org for more information.