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NYS Cancels Route 17 Traffic Study

The NYS DOT has canceled plans to study the potential widening of Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan counties because of budgetary constraints, according to a department spokeswoman. The agency had expected to hire a consultant to explore widening the highway from two lanes to three in each direction between Harriman and Monticello – a project that Sen. Charles Schumer has advocated since securing $1 million for such a study in 2005.

But after soliciting proposals and choosing a consultant, state officials decided to table the $2.1 million study because too little state and federal funding exists for “capacity expansion” projects such as adding lanes to Route 17, spokeswoman Deborah Rausch said.

(READ MORE: Times Herald Record)

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