Daily traffic on I-84 in the Hudson Valley is expected to ease after a $16.25 million project to improve I-84 was completed ahead of schedule.

On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the completion of the rehabilitation of the Interstate 84 overpass atop Route 9W, located on the west approach of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. The $16.25 million project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, officials say.

"Interstate 84, with the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge as a central link, is one of the crucial travel and commerce corridors in the Hudson Valley and other parts of the Northeastern United States," Cuomo said. "Thanks to our continuing investment in modernizing our state's infrastructure, the I-84 overpass atop 9W has been brought to current highway standards and has a new deck that will last for decades into the future."

Work began to rehabilitate the I-84 overpass above Route 9W in the Town of Newburgh in April 2018. The project involved raising the overpass by two feet, from 14 feet to 16 feet, in order to provide better clearance for truck traffic below on Route 9W and to meet current interstate highway standards.

Traffic caused by the construction on the west approach of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is expected to return to the normal traffic pattern and be alleviated of construction-related congestion, according to the Governor's Office.

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