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State DOT officials listen to supervisors’ concerns

DOT Region One Program Manager Frank Bonafide and Region One Director Sam Zhou speak to members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors June 17.

DOT Region One Program Manager Frank Bonafide and Region One Director Sam Zhou speak to members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors June 17. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Zhou also said that his office would work harder with local officials to seek advice and provide information on upcoming projects.

“We should do a better job communicating with the towns and officials before we start doing work in their area,” he said. “I want to make sure that every project that goes out in the region starts with a good dialogue between us and the local officials because they are not just sprung on the communities.”

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said that he had been contacted several times by Zhou as plans were being made to work on Route 73 between Keene and his town.

“No one has ever called me up on the phone until you and asked me for thoughts on the road between North Elba and Keene and if I felt that they could do a one lane alternating and when they could do it,” Politi said.

Several supervisors addressed concerns to Zhou. Schroon Supervisor Michael Marnell said Route 9 needed to be repaired because it was hurting emergency responders.

“They cannot perform work on a patient between the village and Exit 27 because of the road conditions,” Marnell said. “They are losing six or seven minutes in cases when minutes are critical.”

Crown Point Supervisor Charles Harrington asked if something could be done at the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and Route 9 in the hamlet.

“This intersection has caused a lot of concern, especially for those who are not familiar with the area,” Harrington said. “We have applied for a round-about grant and for crosswalks to be placed and we have been denied on both. The problems are especially when you are heading south.”

Jay Supervisor and County Board Chairman Randy Douglas said he would like to see work done to resolve drainage concerns in Au Sable Forks.

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