DOT understands, but can't help

WILLSBORO-An appeal to the New York State Department of Transportation has not gone unheard.

But it will go unresolved, for now.

In a letter to the town of Willsboro, DOT Regional Director Mary Ivey told town officials that their concerns over the driving conditions on Willsboro Mountain would not be resolved any time soon.

"I appreciate your candor and must agree that this section of Route 22 is in need of extensive repairs," Ivey stated. "Unfortunately, the situation you describe is not uncommon. There are many unmet needs ... due to the current fiscal constraints on both a federal and state level."

Later in the letter, Ivey reiterated that she agreed with the assessment of town leaders, including Supervisor Ed Hatch, but that the key factor in the issue was monetary.

"Route 22 is in need of complete reconstruction, but that is not a fiscally viable option at this time," Ivey stated. "We do not take your concerns lightly, and I hope you will bear with us as we strive to keep our pavements in a state of reasonable repair until more extensive work can be accomplished."

Hatch said that the response would not stop the town from continuing to pursue a solution.

"We are going to keep lobbying until we get this done," Hatch said. "We are getting a lot of reaction and a lot of letters to our lawmakers. We will keep working and our hope is even if we don't get it this year, it will be in the budget for next year."

Ivey stated that the DOT is currently working on projects based on traffic patterns.

"Out top priority is keeping bridges and roads safe, with a focus on maintaining the good condition of our most highly traveled corridors," she stated.

Ivey said that the local DOT would continue to repair the roadway, which connects the town of Willsboro to the Northway, as best they could.

"We will continue to maintain this stretch of road as best we can by patching problem areas and utilizing other maintenance treatments until a more permanent solution can be put in place," she stated.

Go for a ride

Visit www.denpubs.com/denpubstv to watch a ride over Willsboro Mountain, taped last month.

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