Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Interstate 99 Update

Written By: Joe Melillo

The latest phase of construction on Route 15 in Lindley will bring the highway a step closer to becoming Interstate 99.

Interstate 99 Update
 

August 20, 2012

Lindley (WENY) - The latest phase of construction on Route 15 in Lindley will bring the highway a step closer to becoming Interstate 99. The final phase in the project will build six bridges over Route 15, at a cost of $31Million.

     The bridges will allow route 15 to be converted to interstate 99 and connect nearly 80 miles of highway between I-86 in Steuben County, and I-180 in Williamsport. Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says completion of the project will make the road safer and help bring more business to the southern tier.

      “Certainly the economic developments are very important, we understand that and that’s probably been one of the leading things that have really help push this project along showing the economic benefits. The end of the day we are going to save a lot of lives with this project as well because we're going to keep all those big trucks off the road and keep it mostly for local traffic.”

     Elmira Senator Tom O'Mera says safety along the entire road is top priority.

     “This is going to mean a great deal for safety primarily, but the economic benefits of an interstate. We've seen the benefits of an east and west and now this corridor going north and south is really going to add to our economic opportunities.”

     The bridge phase of the project should be completed by 2014.