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March 31, 2006

Spring Weather Brings the Start of Road Construction Season

Now that the weather is warmer, construction crews will soon be busy repairing the damage caused by layers of snow and ice, salt and sand on our local highways and bridges.

The county Department of Public Works maintains a little more than 500 miles of county highways. During the winter months, they plow and sand more than 350 lane miles of state roads. They do an excellent job of keeping our roads passable all year round. This spring and summer they will repair several bridges, replace culverts, and repave some 30 to 40 miles of county highways.

On county Route 4, crews will replace the bridge over Catfish Creek in Palermo and over Crippen Creek in Hastings. In the town of Mexico, the bridge on George Road over the Little Salmon River will be repaired. Several new culverts will be replaced on various county roads with minimal delays to the public.

The Department of Public Works is also doing preliminary engineering on several other bridges throughout the county. Also, the county was able to secure federal and state grants to rehabilitate the Minetto Bridge this spring. The bridge will remain open during this rehabilitation project.

Major paving projects that are scheduled for this summer include county Route 176 in Volney and a portion of county Route 85 in Hannibal. Other paving projects are on county Route 57, county Route 20, and various other roads in the county, depending on their condition after the winter season.

Highway maintenance is an ongoing process. Every year our engineers assess conditions and plan ahead for the next season. Our major construction projects will start after school is out in June, in order to minimize disruption to school bus routes. As the season goes on, other projects will be added. The locations will depend on road conditions, the price of asphalt, and other factors.

When traveling over the next several months, expect to encounter work zone areas with unexpected lane changes, reduced speeds, detours, rough roads, delays and single lanes. Please watch out for heavy road equipment, traffic control cones and signs, and especially for highway workers. County highway crews wear orange vests and hard hats to make them easily visible.

Remember these tips when driving through a work zone of any type:

  • Stay alert. Expect the unexpected. Minimize distractions.
  • Obey speed limits. A car traveling at 60 miles an hour is moving 86 feet per second.
  • Donít tailgate. A rear-end collision is the most common crash in a highway work zone. Leave at least two seconds of braking distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Be especially alert at night.

If youíre planning a trip across New York State, you can find helpful information on major road construction projects, traffic accidents and delays at the New York State Transportation Federationís Web site at: www.travelinfony.com

Travel safely, and remember that road construction crews are working to improve our community.

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