Rough Road Ahead

But the DOT determined that the project could not yet be deemed shovel-ready, explained Spooner, even though there's been a push to repair the road for about 10 years.

One of the likely reasons the road has been ignored, Spooner said, is because it would serve a relatively small population for the amount of money it would require, especially compared to other areas in DOT Region 1, which encompasses the Capital Region of New York State.

"I believe if Essex County could get out of Region 1, we'd be a lot better off and have a fair playing field," she said. Clinton and Franklin Counties both belong to Region 7.

Still officials from the DOT have been very responsive, Spooner said, and have made plans to start taking bids for the project in February 2010.

"They understand the need and they've been working on this for several years," she said.

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