The State Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday to mark the completion of the $21.9 million  project to reconstruct the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway in Rome.

The project transformed 2.6 miles of two-lane highway between Route 49 and Black River Boulevard into a four-lane limited-access parkway with a multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The project reconstructed the section of road between Perimeter Road and Ellsworth Road and included construction of two new roundabouts at the Parkway intersections with Floyd Avenue, and with Hangar Road.

The $8.8 million third and final phase of the project to reconstruct the Parkway, which serves the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, was completed on budget and three months ahead of schedule.

“The transformation of Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway into a contemporary urban highway will stimulate economic activity in the Mohawk Valley, creating new jobs and opportunities for area residents,” New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas said. “This project is one of many examples of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to supporting local economies while providing state-of-the-art facilities for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”

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