From Governor’s Offic of Storm Recovery:
Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, Town of Tioga and Tioga County Announce Start of $2 Million Halsey Valley Road Elevation
CR 7 Project Will Improve Flood Resiliency; Work to be Completed by the 7th Anniversary of Tropical Storm Lee
Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Tioga, N.Y. July 9, 2108 The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, the Town of Tioga and Tioga County today announced the start of work on the $2 million Halsey Valley Road (CR 7) Elevation Project to raise a quarter-mile stretch of Halsey Valley Road by two feet above the height of the floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Lee, which stalled over the area in September 2011.
The Halsey Valley Road elevation project is one of hundreds funded by GOSR through the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the GOSR New York Rising Community Reconstruction program to empower residents and business owners in the recovery and resiliency process.
Construction to raise the southern portion of Halsey Valley Road between NY 17C and Allyn Road began in early July and will continue over the next three months. During construction, a detour along Allyn Road and 5th Avenue will route traffic around the project site. Through the NYRCR program, the town selected this project as a priority to ease access by emergency vehicles and reduce the risk to town residents of being unable to evacuate or reach supplies, emergency shelter and medical facilities during a severe storm. The project’s total cost, including design, will be $2.063 million.
Laurice Salamack, Regional Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, said, “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s bottom-up strategy to addressing local needs, this project reflects the community’s desire to minimize the effects of severe weather events and enable emergency services to rapidly respond to urgent needs. Infrastructure that can withstand Mother Nature’s power is essential to our economic future and will help the economy of the Southern Tier continue to soar.”
On September 7, 2011, Tropical Storm Lee stalled over the Southern Tier and dropped over 11 inches of rain on Tioga County during a 24-hour period. Torrential rains, compounded by saturated soil and a swollen Susquehanna River from Hurricane Irene, which occurred the week of August 28, 2011, led to record high water levels. Because of the storms, many roads in Tioga were closed, including Halsey Valley, State Highway 96, Glen Mary Drive, and sections of NYS Route 17C. The southern portion of Halsey Valley Road that connects to 17C is a critical connector in the Town and its closure limited emergency vehicles’ access during and immediately after the storm. Overall, the Susquehanna’s rising waters caused severe flash flooding, destroying homes, businesses, infrastructure, and inundating agricultural land in the Town of Tioga.
Altogether, more than 650 New Yorkers served on 66 NYRCR planning committees across the State and have together proposed hundreds of projects inspired the unique needs and assets of their regions. Collectively, NYRCR committees have held 650 planning meetings and 250 large-scale public engagement events as they have worked to rebuild more sustainable communities, reinforce infrastructure, mitigate the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters, and spur revitalization.
Established in June 2013, GOSR coordinates Statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program— as well as its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Infrastructure and Rebuild By Design programs— GOSR invests $4.5 billion in federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to better prepare New York for future extreme weather events. More information about GOSR and its programs is available online at http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/.
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today’s announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.