Newcomb fights Albany with video to get State Route 28N fixed

Screenshot of PAul Hal in Newcomb's video

Screenshot of PAul Hal in Newcomb's video

— This is no ordinary highway. New York has designated the 40 miles of state Route 28N from Long Lake to North Creek the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail, a Scenic Byway named for the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt, and the 11th governor of New York, William L. Marcy.

“I suspect that Gov. Marcy and President Roosevelt would not be very happy to see their names associated with that trail,” Canon said in the video.

The section of highway that needs the help is between Long Lake and the Boreas River crossing in the town of Minerva, between 25 and 30 miles, Canon estimated.

In the video, Hai interviewed motorists in Long Lake, highway officials, and the town supervisors in Newcomb and Long Lake. Aside from safety issues and damage to vehicles, Hai reminded viewers that the state of New York is spending millions of dollars to buy 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn paper company land to add it to the Forest Preserve. And much of that land — particularly around the Boreas Ponds — is located in the town of Newcomb.

“When you consider the fact that the only way to access these newly acquired lands is on 28N, from either the Newcomb or the Long Lake side, I’m afraid that some visitors are going to come here and they may visit once, but will they return?” the Long Lake supervisor said in the video.

The Newcomb supervisor suggested that people may hear about the rough road and decide to stay away.

“There’s other places to go,” Canon said. “And if you’ve got a choice, you’re not going to bang your car all to pieces, so I’m hoping that the governor understands that this is a big deal for us.”

Canon suggests that part of the reason Route 28N hasn’t received enough attention sooner is that it spans two DOT districts and two counties, Hamilton and Essex.

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