Is the Route 329 underpass safe?
WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen village board again discussed the condition and safety of the Route 329 underpass at the Tuesday, Feb. 22, monthly meeting.
Trustee Nick Kelly stated (in response to Philip Barnes’ comments at the previous meeting) that he actually measured the clearance for the structure and found it to be just over 12 feet - rather than the eleven feet reported by Barnes. Also attending the meeting was Watkins Glen Fire Chief Dominick Smith who, after reading the report concerning the underpass, went and measured the clearance.
He said, “The clearance is between 12 feet 1 inch and 12 feet 6 inches according to what pot hole you measure from.”
Chief Smith also added his comments about the condition of the underpass in a letter to the editor (published in the Wednesday, March 2, issue of the REVIEW&EXPRESS on page 5). Smith writes, “I do, however, agree that this underpass could be improved for other safety reasons. It is narrow, which possesses a potential issue with cars side by side as they go through. Also, the contour of the road makes for a limited sight distance on either side, therefore we have to be very careful while responding under it.”
Bob DeNardo, a Dix council member and a firefighter, also went and inspected the underpass. He said in his opinion the walls of the underpass were not in good shape and in need of repair.
In other business:
• The trustees announced the acceptance of a contract with Dale Walter to be the Clerk of the Works for the municipal building project. According to the village clerk’s office, the project, estimated to be completed in mid-May, has four contractors:general, plumbing, electrical, and heating and air conditioning. Walter’s responsibility will be to coordinate their time and efforts and to assure the project runs smoothly.
The next Watkins Glen village board meeting is Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.