The transformation of the Woodbury Interchange

Zoom. The directors of the project will explain how they did it via a Zoom webinar on Nov. 10.

| 01 Nov 2020 | 02:04

It was not so long ago that people dreaded road trips, whether commuting or occasional traveling that necessitated going through the highway remodeling and construction at the junction of N.Y.S. Route 17, Interstate 87 and the N.Y.S. Thruway.

Now, it is a breeze.

As Orange County’s personal and commercial vehicular traffic escalated due to more residents, schools, large shopping centers and a greater effort by varied regional businesses and tourism to create destination centers of interest, the need was real to fix the congestion at this major road intersection.

So, evolved the transformation of the Woodbury Interchange at Route 17, Exit 131 and I-87, otherwise known as the Thruway.

This major redesign and reconstruction will be explained by the experts who directed the project: Scott Geiger, PE, and Brendan Fitzgerald, PE, during a free webinar via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov.10, at 7 p.m.

Geiger, who recently retired, was the Director of the Office of Construction, NYSDOT. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech).

Fitzgerald, who is Principal and Founding Partner of Hudson Valley Engineering Associates, was Resident Engineer/Construction Quality Control Engineer of the project. He received an AAS from SUNY Delhi and a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

The presentation requires registration. Do so at is required

Topics to be discussed include: project location with a brief history of its traffic conditions and need for improvement; project development effort and coordination with I-87 Interchange 16; outreach effort and funding challenge; design-build delivery and ATC and re-evaluation; accelerated construction finishing with project success.

One PDH-CEU is offered for attendance by engineers, architects, and municipal officials. Certificates will be issued upon completion of lecture questions.

After registering for the webinar, further register for the PDH-CEU by emailing with “for PDH-CEU” in the subject line. Subsequently, the lecture questions card will be emailed to registrants.

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