Flooding renews calls for Rte. 22 raising

ELIZABETHTOWN-Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said that there was already enough hardship with the flooding that took place last week before April 29.

That was when the section of New York State Route 9N/22 known as the "rock cuts" between Crown Point and the village of Port Henry was closed down to traffic due to the rising waters on Lake Champlain, now at its highest levels in recorded history.

The roadway in the main route of transportation in eastern Essex County, and also is the main route used to get to the ferry crossing and bridge construction at Crown Point.

Now, with very few roadways open to vehicles, Scozzafava renewed calls to raise the roadway along the rock cuts.

"When it closes, it causes a hardship," Scozzafava said during the May 2 meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. "The cars and trucks are then re-routed on to town roads that cannot handle the traffic - they were not designed to. The state needs to raise the road."

New York State DOT residential engineer Mike Fayette agreed with Scozzafava's assessment.

"When we have to close that road, it does create havoc," Fayette said.

Scozzafava asked for a resolution to implore the state to raise the road through the rock cuts, which was unanimously passed by the board of supervisors.

Along with Scozzafava's request, the board also entertained and passed a resolution by board chair and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas for repairs to be done on the drainage system in Au Sable Forks.

"There are some serious drainage concerns along Main Street near the Hollywood Theater and other buildings, which is a state road," Douglas said.

The county is currently under a State of Emergency order from the state and awaiting to see if it will be declared as a federal disaster area.

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