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Rock cuts' solution sought in Moriah

Speed enforcement is a major problem on local roads when Route 9N/22 is closed, the supervisor said.

"It creates chaos in those neighborhoods," he said of the detour.

Raising the road through the "rock cuts" - it's distance of less than 100 yards - would seem an easy solution, but environmental concerns complicate the process. The Adirondack Park Agency has declared the area a wetland and must approve any changes to the road.

That's why Scozzafava has enlisted the aid of state Sen. Betty Little to set up a meeting with officials from the APA, state Department of Transportation, state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"This has been an ongoing issue for years," Scozzafava said. "In 2005 we had a meeting with the APA, DEC, DOT and Army Corps of Engineers. I really thought something would be done at that time. Unfortunately, nothing ever happened.

"I'm hopeful all the state agencies will work together here," he continued. "Although there may be environmental concerns, I'm more concerned with public safety and the possible loss of a life someday."

Scozzafava said he specifically addressed the "rock cuts" issue with Gov. Andrew Cuomo when the governor visited Moriah recently to view flood damage.

Despite his efforts to garner state support for a solution to the Route 9N/22 problem, Scozzafava remains skeptical about getting state help since the state is facing budget issues.

"I realize the state is broke," Scozzafava said, "but the one thing taxpayers rightfully expect is to have safe highways."

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