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June 7, 2011

County Highway Department Busy with Several Paving Projects this Summer

OSWEGO - Oswego County Highway Department crews plan to re-pave more than 32 miles of county roads and replace two bridges this summer.

Highway Superintendent Kurt Ospelt said the list of paving projects may be adjusted as the season progresses. Highway crews will continue work on some construction projects that were carried over from last summer and are planning several new road repair projects. Work will also continue on the Pineville Bridge over the Salmon River on County Route 48, and crews will replace the County Route 54 bridge over Fish Creek in Schroeppel.

"The highway department has prioritized several paving projects for county roads that need to be re-surfaced," said County Legislator Jim Oldenburg (District 14, Scriba), chairman of the Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. "Periodic re-surfacing and maintenance are necessary to keep our roads in shape after the harsh Oswego County winters. We ask motorists to be alert for lane changes, obey posted speed limits, and follow posted instructions in all construction zones."

Legislator Oldenburg noted that the highway department's asphalt plant in Hastings will also see repairs over the summer months. Rust will be removed from sections of the building and the exterior will be re-painted.

The Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee has oversight of the highway department. In addition to Legislator Oldenburg, the committee includes Barbara Brown , vice chairwoman (District 8, Palermo); Daniel Chalifoux (District 19, Minetto); Mark Fruce (District 24, Fulton); Linda Lockwood (District 11, Volney); Milferd Potter; and Amy Tresidder (District 16, Oswego).

The highway department expects to receive approximately $2.7 million in state highway reimbursement to cover road construction projects.

For more information, contact the County Highway Department weekdays at 349-8331 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8331. For information on major road construction projects across New York State, visit http://www.511ny.org/

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