Sullivan County
NY

Resolution
260-18

RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF UPGRADING ROUTE 17 IN SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES

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Category:Proclamation

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WHEREAS, The Mid-Hudson/Catskill Region is achieving economic and population growth due to its proximity to New York City and other states as well as being home to attractive communities with a high quality of life; and

 

WHEREAS, the Region has an immediate requirement for infrastructure investments to allow economic development to continue and maintain the Region’s ability to attract jobs and preserve its quality of life for its citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, in May of 2013, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) issued a study (The Route 17 Transportation Corridor Study) that recommended a new General Use Third Lane be developed along the Route 17 Corridor and found that “additional transportation capacity is needed to address existing and projected levels of congestion in the corridor, provide for enhanced mobility, and allow for future economic growth in both Sullivan and Orange Counties”; and

 

WHEREAS, while the improvements underway at Interchange 131 near Woodbury Common, and the proposed improvements to accommodate LEGOLAND are welcome and necessary, they will not address the existing and worsening traffic issues along the Corridor; and

 

              WHEREAS, investments along the Route 17 Corridor are consistent with smart growth principles and the 2011 report issued by the Open Space Institute (Private Lands, Public Benefits) which found that Sullivan County has the greatest percentage of preferred growth area in the Catskills, “which is largely concentrated in the center of the county and coincides with significant, established infrastructure”; and

 

              WHEREAS, the full conversion of Route 17 to interstate standards (I-86) was previously scheduled to be completed by 2009, but that has not occurred in many of the eastern sections of Route 17. Major upgrades to Route 17 would be implemented to meet interstate standards; and

 

              WHEREAS, as part of the 2018-19 New York State Budget, the New York State Department of Transportation has committed to “provide up to $5 million to advance environmental and design activities related to the construction of a third travel lane along the Route 17 Corridor in Sullivan and Orange Counties”; and

             

              WHEREAS, the Mid-Hudson Valley/Catskill Region needs to continue to grow and attract               businesses and jobs, and the 2013 NYSDOT Study has documented the requirements of the Route 17 Corridor.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we the Sullivan County Legislature hereby strongly supports efforts to improve the Route 17 Corridor and encourages the New York State Department of Transportation to begin as soon as possible, the environmental processes necessary to advance the construction of a third lane along the Route 17 Corridor consistent with interstate standards.

 

Meeting History

Jun 12, 2018 12:00 PM  Executive Committee Regular Meeting
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RESULT:CARRIED AT COMMITTEE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Scott B. Samuelson, Legislator
SECONDER:Nadia Rajsz, Vice Chair
AYES:Luis Alvarez, Nadia Rajsz, Scott B. Samuelson, Mark McCarthy, Catherine Owens, Terri Ward, Joseph Perrello, Ira M. Steingart, Alan Sorensen
Jun 14, 2018 10:00 AM Video County Legislature Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Alan Sorensen, Legislator
SECONDER:Nadia Rajsz, Legislator
AYES:Scott B. Samuelson, Nadia Rajsz, Mark McCarthy, Catherine Owens, Terri Ward, Luis Alvarez, Joseph Perrello, Alan Sorensen, Ira M. Steingart