The Government of New York state has announced the completion of a $204m project that included the rehabilitation of a section of road on the Bruckner Expressway and six connecting ramps in the Bronx.

The six connecting ramps are located between East 141st Street and the interchange with the Major Deegan Expressway and the Robert F Kennedy Bridge in the Bronx region.

New York Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo said: “We have made record investments to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Bronx and these new improvements will boost travel and commerce while increasing the long-term sustainability of this critical roadway.

“Coupled with other transformational projects across the borough, the rehabilitated Bruckner Expressway continues our unprecedented efforts to build back better for the Bronx and for all New Yorkers.”

The project included the replacement of bridge decks, repairing concrete piers and steel girders, and replacing all bearings and pedestals.

In addition, the project has seen the replacement of barriers, railings and drainage structures, and the addition of new roadway lane striping.

The project has been completed within time and budget and extended the service life of the viaduct while reducing the need for future maintenance projects.

The completion of the project builds on the state government’s commitment to ‘building back better’ in the Bronx, which has seen a $75m rehabilitation of the Sheridan Expressway and also the ongoing $1.7bn project that is aimed at providing direct access to the Hunts Point Market from both the Bruckner Expressway and the new Sheridan Boulevard.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “Investing in critical infrastructure is one of the first building blocks in revitalising communities, and one project at a time, DOT is advancing innovative projects that have generational impacts on the lives of New Yorkers.

“The completion of this project on this major thoroughfare in the Bronx exemplifies Governor Cuomo’s steadfast commitment to building an infrastructure that is smart, sustainable and resilient.”