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Improvements win Schuyler award

SCHUYLER COUNTY—Of all the counties in New York, Schuyler County was given an award for their paving program in 2008.
The New York Materials Association recognized Schuyler specifically for the work done on County Routes 19, 21, 22 and 23. Rodney Jaynes, deputy highway superintendent, said that the work took most of last summer as they had to fight the weather.
The work included improving paving, ditches, drainage, widening of shoulders, and removing trees. Jaynes said that last improvement was helped on Route 19 by last year’s ice storm. A number of trees needed to come down, and property owners did not complain.
“County Route 19 serves as a classic example of how to properly reconstruct a failing road,” said Bruce Barkevich, vice president of the N.Y. Construction Materials Association. “County Route 19 is now a much safer road for the traveling public.”
The paving project to improve the roads is not completed yet. Work on Route 19 will continue and is expected to finish this year.
Jaynes said work on County Route 21 also included improving the ditches, widening the shoulders and paving. They redid a bridge on County Route 23 and the main work on County Route 22 was paving.
While the county has its own paving equipment, the department hired out for the work to be done professionally by A.L. Blades & Sons out of Hornell. Jaynes said they did an outstanding job. In the end, about 14,000 tons of hot mix asphalt were used on 9.5 miles of roadway.
“Residents and property owners willingly accepted and supported the needed improvements and upgrades,” said Greg Mathews, county highway superintendent. “Everyone stepped up to the challenge.”
Jaynes said that he hopes they can continue the work on the paving program with current budget concerns.


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