RIOC is currently targeting late summer 2023 for completion of the Roadways and Paved Surfaces Master Plan.
The second phase of the project will involve the main construction work on Main Street, tentatively scheduled to begin in 2025.
“We have put a great deal of emphasis on maintaining and enhancing multi-modal transportation on the island,” said RIOC President and CEO Shelton Haynes. “This project renews our commitment to the island’s growing population to better accommodate foot, bicycle, and vehicular traffic on the island. No matter how proactive we are, infrastructure wears down, and travel patterns change. With this Roadways and Paved Surfaces Project, we will ensure RIOC island travel is the safest and most efficient it can be for residents and visitors alike for years to come. This is a long-term, island-wide infrastructure project that is going to take time to fully complete, but we’re prioritizing the heavy-duty work along our island’s main artery on Main Street to maximize the effectiveness of the new master plan.”
“This project will go a long way toward ensuring island travel is as safe and accessible as possible,” said Prince Shah, RIOC Director of Capital Projects. “Once we have completed the survey and study phase, we will be able to craft a master plan that will help guide our roadways and paved surfaces work for many years to come. Let me also note this project will help us better utilize signage on the island, which, as it stands, can often be contradictory or difficult to understand. We want our work here to be as comprehensive as possible.”
About Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC):
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) was created in 1984 by the State of New York as a public benefit corporation with a mission to plan, design, develop, operate, and maintain Roosevelt Island. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, RIOC is committed to providing services that enhance the island's residential community. RIOC manages the two-mile-long island's roads, parks, buildings, a sports facility, and public transportation, including the iconic aerial tramway. Additionally, RIOC operates a Public Safety Department that helps maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, employees, business owners, and visitors.