Route 8 through Norwich, New Berlin, and Columbus will be upgraded through a $9 million grant to strategically enhance the safety and optimization of freight goods movement. According to Governor Cuomo's Office, the work includes widening the shoulder and horizontal curve flattening. More than $200 million was awarded statewide for 1200 highway miles covered under the National Highway Freight Network. In addition to safety improvements the goal of the projects is to help alleviate idling; along with mitigating the emission of greenhouse gases.

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