Road projects begin this week
TRI-COUNTY AREA—Residents can expect to see several road work projects underway now that the weather has started to get warmer.
Yates County is starting work in May and Schuyler County has several projects planned for June. Craig Prior, deputy highway superintendent, said the two big projects for Yates County are on Pre-Emption Road and Assembly Avenue. Work on both projects will take place this month.
On Pre-Emption Road, construction will take place between Route 54 and Loree Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in certain sections and long delays should be expected. The highway department suggests taking Route 14A and County Route 9/Ridge Road as an alternate route to avoid delays.
Prior said the other project is Assembly Avenue in Keuka Park. He said this week work started with milling. He added the department will apply blacktop May 16.
Other than those two projects, Prior said the highway department doesn’t have any other big projects. He said they would also be doing some culvert work on County Route 1, from Penn Yan to Leach Road. Prior explained that would start in early June and last all summer. He added all other work includes cutting road shoulders, ditching, and flushing bridge decks.
In Schuyler County, the highway department plans to work on County Road 26, from State Route 230 north to the Yates County line. Work is expected to start in June and include repairs to drainage and pipes, a three inch binder, and graveling the road shoulders.
The county will install cross pipes and pipe extensions on County Road 7 in June. The highway department will place a three inch thick binder from the Odessa line to 2.4 miles north. Work will also include graveling the road shoulders.
On County Road 23 and Cross Road, the county will install a black top two inch binder and gravel the shoulder. This project will also take place in June.
The highway department will oil and stone County Roads 4, 6, and 12 this July. Throughout the summer, the county will also be doing annual maintenance on ditches, bridges, shoulders, and patching. Highway Administrative Assistant Stacy Smith said the dates for any project might change due to weather.
The New York State Department of Transportation is also working on projects. Dorothy Nisbet, DOT Region 6 public information officer, said the state would replace the Route 226 bridge over Tobehanna Creek in Tyrone. She said the work is expected to start at the end of July and last until Memorial Day, 2012.
The state is also finishing up work on the Route 54 bridge replacement over Eggleston Creek in Barrington. Nisbet said it should be done by the end of May. State Routes 245 and 364 pavement will be resurfaced in Middlesex, starting in early June. The work is expected to finish by the end of October.
Nisbet added the state is doing bridge washing and preventive maintenance in Yates and Schuyler Counties this July. The exact locations and dates will depend on the weather.