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Rte. 9 considered grand highway

The legal attempt to hold up the construction of the great International Highway, advocated by the Emerson-Trombly bill, has failed in the courts. The attack was made by Albany County officials on the bill, which provides for the construction of the roadway. The state highway will start in New York City and extend to the Canada line. The construction was authorized this year by the legislature, earmarking $15 million for the much-needed project.

Senator "Jim" Emerson of Warrensburgh is gratified at the failure to derail his pet project. The main street of Warrensburgh will be paved with vitrified brick and construction will begin immediately from the Judd Bridge to the Adirondack Hotel and much local employment will be given by the contractors.

The work is to be started in Warren County by the construction of 13 miles of road between Warrensburgh and Chestertown. The road will extend from the big rock in the lower part of Warrensburgh to the end of the Chester-Riverside state road in the front of the Rising House on Main Street, Chestertown. Next to follow is work to begin on the four-and-a-half mile road from Lake George to Warrensburgh, then five miles from Wevertown to North Creek. The highway will be 28 feet wide for the entire distance.

(Note: In the 1990s, Rte. 9, the local section of this grand highway, was rebuilt through town and the brick was dug up and disposed of. Some of these bricks were salvaged and are in the possession of Regina Porter, Sarah Farrar and Teresa Whalen and are not lost to history. I hear that Tom and Amber Grace have a fireplace made of them. The story of this highway was detailed in this column in the May 28, 2011 Adirondack Journal.)

Prehistoric remains dug up

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