Route 17 Bridge & Improvements Print
Merlin Entertainments Proposes
Relocation and Reconfiguration of Exit 125 and New Bridge Over Route 17 to Provide Improved Access to Harriman Drive and LEGOLAND® New York
GOSHEN, N.Y. (Feb. 6, 2017) – Merlin Entertainments plc today announced its intent to move forward with plans to relocate and reconfigure Exit 125, including building a bridge over Route 17 as part of its proposal for LEGOLAND® New York in Goshen. The plan would address concerns regarding traffic impacts on local roads by removing LEGOLAND traffic from South Street and Harriman Drive in Goshen. It would also help solve geometric shortfalls of the existing Exit 125 interchange compared to current Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) design guidelines.
Merlin Entertainments is actively working with the NYSDOT to refine and finalize plans. Detailed plans will be included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). This reconfiguration of Exit 125 would be designed to meet current FHWA and NYSDOT standards, which will assist with Route 17’s future conversion to Interstate-86.
The new bridge will provide a more direct point of access to and from the LEGOLAND New York theme park as well as other existing institutions located on Harriman Drive, including Glen Arden and Orange-Ulster BOCES.
These plans respond to public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) during the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process where members of the community expressed concerns regarding traffic.
“I am pleased that Merlin Entertainments is advancing an updated plan that addresses legitimate concerns relating to traffic on our local roads,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. “LEGOLAND New York will become a major tourism destination and this latest move also demonstrates their commitment to being a good neighbor.”
“LEGOLAND has always said that it wants to be a good neighbor in the Goshen community and that it wants to communicate openly and transparently,” said Phil Royle, Head of Community & Project Relations for LEGOLAND New York. “We are still working through details but we want to let the community know that we heard their concern about traffic. We think we are close to a solution that will successfully address concerns. We want a theme park that works for the community at-large and we value the community’s input. LEGOLAND would like to thank the NYSDOT and FHWA for their interest in finding a cooperative solution.