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Grand new highway in the works

With gratifying promptness, the state Highway Commission has begun the great work of building the grand trunk line of the state roads from New York City to the Canada line provided for in the Emerson- Trombly bill which recently became law. 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.

It is estimated the construction of the road will cost $160,000 or about $13,000 a mile, which is about $5,000 a mile greater than the cost of the average state road. The additional expense will be caused by the unusual amount of heavy blasting necessary in various places.

At the Devil's Kitchen on Spruce Mountain, the roadway will be cut from solid rock and the road will be changed somewhat in order to cut away many dangerous curves that now exist. This means that in a short while one of the finest roads in the country will connect New York City with Montreal.

The people of Warren County cannot but feel grateful to Senator James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh for the good work he has done in their behalf.

(Note: The "big rock" mentioned in the lower part of Warrensburgh was an impressive huge historic landmark called "High Rock" for which the town was originally named near the end of the 1700s. It was blasted to smithereens May 21, 1931 to widen the highway. The late Dave Culver once told me that the whole town shook and small pieces of rock showered the roofs of houses in the area near the present-day Judd Bridge. "Devil's Kitchen," was the stretch of Rte. 9 highway south of Chestertown where high solid rock walls have felt the impact of the automobiles of many Saturday-night beer drinkers over the years.)

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