May 14, 2014
DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to celebrate the opening of the rebuilt Hamilton Avenue asphalt plant. The $25 million renovation will increase the City’s asphalt and recycling production, cutting costs for taxpayers while decreasing emissions. Ultimately, the plant will enable DOT to repair roads faster than ever.
The reopening of the Hamilton Avenue plant comes on the heels of the announcement of Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget, which makes critical investments in road maintenance. More than $226 million in capital will go toward repaving 1,000 lane miles of streets and repairing more than 400,000 potholes. In addition, $670 million will be dedicated to completing street reconstruction in communities ranging from Downtown Brooklyn to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The budget also invests $52 million in safety upgrades as part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative.
“Asphalt from the new Hamilton Avenue plant will provide a smoother ride for millions of New Yorkers traveling by bus or car, particularly during the winter months, and with less impact on our environment,” said DDC Commissioner Peña-Mora. “Indeed, the plant will produce asphalt with a greater proportion of recycled materials, which will reduce emissions and cut costs. I’d like to thank Mayor de Blasio for providing significant increases in funding for infrastructure repair in the city’s executive budget, as well as our partners at DOT, with whom we will continue to work to implement the Mayor’s vision for safer streets. I’d also like to commend our design and construction teams, who collaborated closely to bring this project to fruition.”