According to a report by Mid-Hudson News, there will be some extensive work taking place on Route 17 this coming summer.
Motorists can expect construction from Middletown west to the Sullivan County line as part of a decade-long effort to convert Route 17 to Interstate 86.
NY State Route 17 has been designated to become I-86, and roadway adjustments have already been undertaken to help it conform to federal standards.
Some of the work scheduled for this summer includes, four bridge maintenance projects, including joint repair, new pavement, guide rails and bridge rails – all in an eight or nine mile section from Middletown to the Sullivan County line.
This may concern thousands of people who travel to the Catskills for the summer weekends, so Yeshivaworld spoke with Rabbi Bernard Freilich, special assistant to the Superintendent of the NY State Police regarding this project.
Rabbi Freilich said that although there is what to be concerned about, he is working with officials from the State, including DOT, NY State Police, and local townships to have all work stopped on Friday’s at an early hour.
“I can assure everyone, that the Governors Office, as well as officials from the NY State Police will work together with the community, and make sure that this operation runs smoothly,” Freilich said.
“They understand the concerns of the community, and will do everything possible to ease the traffic.”