Governor Cuomo was in Orange County on Wednesday, to announce the start of construction of the $150 million design build project of the interchange at Woodbury Commons.   The state will use a Project Labor Agreement, with the new road, transit and economic development hub expected to create 700 jobs for the area.

The goal of the project is to redesign the area, to help decrease congestion, backups and accidents by 50 percent.  The project will be completed in November 2019 and cashless tolls at the Harriman Toll Barrier will be done in October 2018.

Governor Cuomo said, "For too long, Hudson Valley residents have endured endless traffic headaches caused by the interchange at Woodbury Common, and now the state is taking action by developing a world-class transportation hub that will help alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow for residents and tourists alike."

The project will do a number of things for the area, including major improvements for traffic heading to Woodbury Commons.  Specifically, the project will have a diverging diamond interchange.  It will replace the Route 32 bridge, while building a new underpass under Route 32 and a new lane going in each direction.  Also, a bicycle and pedestrian safety corridor will be added.  There will be a new access point for Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and the Monroe-Woodbury School District.  Plus, a brand new 200 space park and ride lot will be constructed.