FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | AUGUST 2, 2017
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Mayor Madden: Installation of Troy Water Main Replacement Complete
36-Inch Water Transmission Line Placed Into Service on Wednesday, August 2
Traffic Advisory in Effect for Northern Drive for Overnight Road Paving Beginning Thursday
TROY, NY – Today Mayor Patrick Madden announced the completion of a major water infrastructure improvement project in the City of Troy. The state-funded effort replaced a 33-inch riveted steel line which had ruptured in January of 2016 with approximately one mile of 36-inch ductile iron pipe to improve & expand the capacity of Troy’s drinking water delivery system.
“Modernizing our infrastructure network is essential in building a 21st century city, and the full installation of this major water line ensures a stronger foundation can be laid for our community’s continued economic growth and prosperity through the reliable delivery of clean, quality drinking water,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “With assistance from New York State and support of Governor Cuomo & our state representatives, the City of Troy has demonstrated our commitment to investing in the invisible system of pipes beneath our feet for the long-term health and benefit of our residents and surrounding communities. Finally, I want to express my appreciation to the residents of the Lansingburgh neighborhood for their patience shown during the weeks of construction activity and applaud our dedicated Department of Public Utilities staff and utility crews for their professionalism and focus in completing this project on schedule.”
“On behalf of Governor Cuomo, we congratulate Mayor Madden and the City of Troy for the successful and timely completion of their waterline replacement project,” said Sabrina M. Ty, President and CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC). “EFC is proud to have provided financial assistance to the City with grant funds through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and low interest financing for this vital drinking water infrastructure project. We look forward to working with the City as they continue to address their water infrastructure needs.”
In August of 2016, in cooperation with state and local partners, the Madden administration secured approximately $3.2M in grant funding and financing through the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to fully fund the replacement of the century-old water transmission line. The City of Troy’s water treatment plant and drinking water system serves approximately 135,000 residents in nine communities across three Capital Region counties.
Traffic advisories remain in effect for Northern Drive, with overnight road closures expected for road paving operations beginning Thursday, August 3. Drivers are asked to watch for flaggers, observe all posted traffic detour signage and to seek alternate routes at this time. Drivers may also encounter uneven pavement and loose gravel, and are asked to slow down and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the work zone. Businesses in the vicinity of the work area remain open and accessible.
Since assuming office in January of 2016, the Madden administration has aggressively tackled the challenges of aging municipal infrastructure systems and continues to pursue efforts aimed at strengthening the city’s drinking and wastewater lines. On January 26, 2016, in an effort to draw attention to the condition of water and sewer infrastructure systems across New York State, Mayor Madden delivered testimony before the NYS Assembly and Senate Joint Budget Committee on Local Governments regarding the importance of state investment in municipal water and sewer infrastructure networks.
Earlier this year, the administration secured support from a bipartisan majority of the Troy City Council to seek additional funding to meet the City’s obligations to the Albany Pool Communities Consolidated Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long-Term Control Plan. The funding will strengthen Troy’s sewer infrastructure network, reducing sewer overflows and help clean up the Hudson River. Learn more about the City of Troy’s Combined Sewer Infrastructure System here.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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