Friday, March 8, 2019

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Sullivan officials say a three-lane Route 17 is about more than just weekend traffic

MONTICELLO – Route 17 west can become a parking lot on Summer Friday afternoons with the same thing eastbound on Sundays.  Sullivan officials say going to three lanes will help but traffic is not the only issue. 

There are other important factors driving this, said Partnership for Economic Development CEO Marc Baez, who with other lawmakers, business and labor leaders, made a pitch to state lawmakers in Albany on Wednesday.

During Thursday’s county legislature Economic Development Committee meeting, Baez said making a strong case for three lanes sends a message to those looking at doing business in Sullivan.

“It sends a message to developers, to folks that want to invest in Sullivan County that everybody’s on board, they’re doing infrastructure investments necessary to continue this project moving forward,” Baez said.

It likely will take years for the half-billion-dollar three-lane project to happen. 

The three-lane section likely will begin at or just west of the Thruway tolls in Woodbury.  Sullivan officials hope it will extend at least past Exit 104, just west of Monticello.

 


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