Senators demand widening of Route 17: “This project cannot wait any longer”

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There are renewed calls today to approve a $500 million roadway expansion project in Orange County. 

Sens. James Skoufis (D) and Jen Metzger (D) joined I-86 project advocates today in Harriman, urging the state to consider expanding Route 17 in the upcoming 5-year capital plan.

Project plans have been in the works for nearly 20 years and would expand both sides of Route 17 by three lanes.

Advocates say with the new LEGOLAND New York Resort coming this summer, the expansion is needed more than ever. "This is a quality-of-life issue, this is a safety issue, this is a business and economic development issue, this is a tourism issue. The simple matter of fact is that this project cannot wait any longer," says Skoufis.

The state Department of Transportation has until next month to complete its capital plan approval.

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