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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.

— “We have no drainage on Main Street and it is causing sink holes on Main Street in Au Sable Forks,” Douglas said. “I grew up on Main Street and I have never seen a project done on Main Street in all the years that I have been alive. The businesses there are having serious troubles because the state has not kept up Main Street properly.”

Politi said his concern was less about the job DOT was doing and more at the state level.

“I have a problem when I see the state going out and buying these pieces of land and preserving them for the people, but then the people cannot get here because the roads are so bad,” he said.

County Manager Daniel Palmer asked why there had been such an increase in the number of bridges that had been “red flagged” over the past few years.

“The standard has not been changed. The problem is that we have a bunch of Baby Boomer bridges that now need to be worked on,” Zhou responded. “We need to take care of about eight to 10 bridges a year to keep up with the work, and we are currently doing between two and three.”

Zhou recommended that the supervisor come up with a list of jobs that they feel are a priority in the county and also contact their representation in higher offices of government.

“You need to get the message out to your representatives at the state and federal level that road work is vital to the economy,” he said.

“I think that it is a good idea that this board, through the highway committee, come up with a list of priorities to give to you,” Scozzafava said.

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