Gov. Hochul announces $21.8M improvement project on Interstate 88

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On Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $21.8 million construction project for I-88 from Maryland, N.Y., to Worcester, Otsego County.

The project is designed to enhance the safety and drivability of the 8.4 mile stretch of road through resurfacing the road, restoring the riding surface officials said. The project will extend between Exit 18 and Exit 19, and will include minor work on the bridges over South Hill Road, as well as rehabilitation work on 16 small culverts.

“Interstate 88 is a critical corridor for people visiting the Capital Region and the Southern Tier and remains one of the most picturesque rides in all of New York State,” Hochul said. “We have invested heavily in restoring bridge and road infrastructure along I-88 and this project will ensure New Yorkers who rely on I-88 will continue to travel safely.”

Officials said I-88 is a significant connector between the Southern Tier and the Capital District within the state. The area is also an important tourism corridor with access to attractions like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and Howe Caverns in Schoharie County.

“It’s construction season here in New York and our forces are working to restore roads and bridges, and enhance safety in all regions of the state,” State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said. “As a frequent traveler on I-88, I know the importance of this corridor for tourism and commerce, and this project will serve to enhance both. A reminder to the traveling public to be patient in our work zones – put your phone down, move over and give our crews the room they need, to do their jobs safely.”

Work is expected to last until early 2026, and the highway will remain open while work is underway.