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Willsboro road construction in the works

WILLSBORO - With significant public outcry regarding the condition of State Route 22 between Willsboro and I-87 Exit 33, state officials are making it known that the road is not being ignored.

A petition signed by 1,200 local residents calling for repairs to the road was recently submitted to state representatives and state Department of Transportation officials.

Spokesman for Sen. Elizabeth Little's office Daniel MacEntee said, "Senator Little has had meetings about the needed repairs of Route 22 and is trying to keep it high on the list of DOT projects."

MacEntee added that Little had pushed for the addition of an expanded shoulder for use as a bike path, but that the close proximity of the road to wetlands and other obstacles may make that an impossibility.

DOT spokesman Peter Van Keuren confirmed that there are plans in the works to make repairs on the eight-mile section of road.

"We are currently investigating the need for pavement repair and shoulder repair," said Van Keuren. "Our ability to accomplish this work is heavily dependent upon our limited resources and its other needs."

Van Keuren said that project letting is slated for March 2010 with construction expected to begin as early as May 2010.

"The objective of the project is to correct the identified pavement deficiencies and restore the pavement to good condition and ride-ability, which will provide a service life of 12 years," said Van Keuren. Other objectives include addressing guard rail issues and rehabilitating drainage infrastructure.

"The 2005 Transportation Bond Act included $2 million for this work," he added. "Our intent is to design a project that addresses the entire length, but will likely be broken into shorter pieces for construction dictated by available funding."

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