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April 29, 2014

Whiteface Highway work to begin

WILMINGTON — Rifenburg Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract to rehabilitate Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. 

The Albany firm submitted a bid of just under $11.2 million, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office.

Actual field work is expected to begin later this spring, depending on the weather, with work continuing through this year and into next.

“However, the Best Value proposal submitted by Rifenburg calls for completing the project up to six months before the required December 2015 end date,” the release said.

HISTORIC ELEMENTS

All 8 miles of Memorial Highway, also known as State Route 431, will be reconstructed, from Route 86 to the top of the mountain. 

It includes culvert repair or replacement to improve drainage and reconstruction and rehabilitation of the driving surface.

“The project will also involve the restoration of many of the highway’s historic elements, put into place under the road’s original design, such as restoring the 10-foot-wide travel lanes and 2-foot paved shoulders, as well as fixing rock walls and re-setting the quarry stone barrier stones along the road,” the release said. 

Also, the septic system that serves the castle at the summit will be improved, and the water line to that building will be replaced.

“We’re very excited the work is underway,” Wilmington Town Supervisor Randy Preston said. 

“It’s been a long time coming. We are very thankful that Gov. Cuomo recognizes the importance of this highway, not just for the Town of Wilmington but also for the whole region. 

“It’s also important to note that this highway is dedicated to our veterans, which makes this project even more special.”

NY WORKS FUNDING

The Best Value process, according to the Governor’s Office, determines the winning bid by weighing cost against additional factors, among them the ability to accelerate the project schedule and past state experience with the company. 

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