State OKs funds for NNY road paving

The state has allocated millions of dollars for workers to pave several stretches of state roads in the north country that sustained damage from extreme winter weather over time.

An eight-mile section of Route 3 between the Dollar General in Sackets Harbor and Cherry Tree Inn, Henderson, a six-mile section of Route 812 between Croghan and Indian River, a nine-mile stretch of Route 68 in between Canton and Pierrepont and other state roads in the north country will receive paving treatment this year because the state allocated $13 million for them.

The state provided $1.6 million for the Jefferson County project, $1.4 million for the Lewis County project and $2.2 million for the St. Lawrence County project.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced the funding as part of an overall $151 million allocation from the PAVE NY Initiative for projects across the state.

The funding will support 95 paving projects to pave and enhance 1,013 lane miles of road, including eight projects involving 100 miles of state roads in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex, Clinton and Hamilton counties.

“We live in an area where winter weather extremes take a toll on the infrastructure,” wrote Michael R. Flick, public information officer for region 7 of the state Department of Transportation, in an email. “By providing this funding, the governor allows DOT to address impacted highways across the region. It’s not a silver bullet, but it is a huge help when it comes to maintaining the infrastructure.”

Workers will pave the north country roads anytime between the spring and fall, and they will complete paving this year.

Mr. Flick wrote that the treatment for each road will vary based on its condition and may include either just an overlay or cold-in-place recycling to accompany the overlay.

“Work zone traffic control may vary depending on the locations but will likely include flaggers and pilot vehicles,” he wrote.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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