New York State Thruway Authority

Implementation of the 1988 Capital Plan

To improve the condition of the pavement and bridges on the New York State Thruway, in 1988 the New York State Thruway Authority initiated a nine-year, $1.7 billion capital plan. To ensure that the plan was adequately funded, Thruway tolls were increased by 30 percent. We found that, since the inception of the plan, substantial progress has been made by the Authority in improving the condition of Thruway pavement and bridges. For example, in 1987, 5 percent of the pavement was considered to be in poor condition and the overall average condition of the pavement was rated as 6.9 on a scale of 1 to 10. By the end of 1994, only 1.3 percent of Thruway pavement was considered to be in poor condition and the overall average condition of the pavement was rated as 7.4. We commended Authority officials for this progress. We also noted that, because the Thruway is 40 years old, Authority officials believe a continuous program of repair and rehabilitation may be necessary. 95-S-109