Washed-out Section of I-88 in NY Should Reopen in Early Fall

Fri September 01, 2006 - Northeast Edition
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SIDNEY, NY (AP) The stretch of Interstate 88 washed away by this summer’s flooding should be repaired early this fall as a round-the-clock effort squeezes three years of work into a few months, state transportation officials said.

The state is paying up to $15 million and using an emergency contractor to fill in the 100-yd. (91 m), four-lane gash caused by floodwaters.

Two truckers were killed when their rigs fell into that hole in late June.

Interstate 88 is the main artery between Albany and Binghamton. Drivers have been forced onto local roads for detours.

The weather still could affect the rebuilding schedule, said Tom Wiser, Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regional construction engineer for the western New York zone.

Under the DOT’s usual schedule, the issuing of contracts, design work and rebuilding would have taken three years, Spokeswoman Jennifer Post said.