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Prospects good for $483,780 grant to build bridges in Thurman, Bolton

Warren County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe reviews plans for reconstruction of stream crossings recently with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood. LaMothe and his associate Pat Tatich have secured a $324,500 for flood mitigation work in the towns of Thurman and Bolton to provide upgraded culvert systems underneath roadways that were washed out in the devastating flash-flooding incidents of 2011.

Warren County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe reviews plans for reconstruction of stream crossings recently with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood. LaMothe and his associate Pat Tatich have secured a $324,500 for flood mitigation work in the towns of Thurman and Bolton to provide upgraded culvert systems underneath roadways that were washed out in the devastating flash-flooding incidents of 2011. Photo by Thom Randall.

— This project is budgeted at $94,500, with a local share of $31,000.

Wood said that while most all of Thurman’s roadways were torn up in one location or another in the 2011 flood events, now all roads were passable, despite the $7 million in damage incurred in the May flash floods alone.

Some roadways still have one-lane sections, and others are still gravel or dirt rather than paved, as they had been formerly. The southern entrance to the Combs Road loop, turned into a canyon by the raging waters last May, is still closed as a major bridge construction project is needed.

Although funding was sought from FEMA for the Memorial Day weekend flash floods, most all funding requests from the county were turned down by federal authorities because a statewide damage threshold wasn’t met.

Thurman did, however, receive a $107,000 grant to construct a new bridge on Sky-Hi Road which was washed out in the May flooding, and the replacement culverts were again ripped out in the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. The latter incident triggered the FEMA reimbursement, Wood said. The Sky-Hi bridge is an engineered pipe-arch bridge, she added.

All the proposed replacement bridges and culverts are engineered to handle a far-larger volume of water, LaMothe said.

“We’re all doing what we can to alleviate the burden on the local taxpayers,” LaMothe said about the grant application, deferring credit to the county Public Works officials and Wood for gathering information for the funding request.

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