MALONE — Franklin County may seek a $2 million to $3 million bond to rebuild County Route 4.
Known locally as Westville-Bombay Road, the highway has taken a beating the last several years from the volume of drivers traveling to and from the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino on the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation.
County Highway Superintendent Jonathan Hutchins said he’s repaired the road a number of times, but he feels it would be more cost effective to tear up and resurface the whole thing and get longer life out of it.
He made his appeal during a recent meeting with the County Legislature where he gave a recap of this year’s completed road and bridge projects and his plans for 2014.
Hutchins hopes to have the funding to rebuild about 8.5 miles of Route 24 from where it meets Route 37 at Babbling Brook Campgrounds in the Town of Westville to the intersection of Route 95 in the Town of Bombay.
And he’d like to coordinate the road work with a bridge-replacement project he has planned on Route 4 over the west branch of Deer Creek not far from Quain Road in Fort Covington.
But the bond money would be used only for improvements to the roadway.
Hutchins said he will use funding from the State Department of Transportation Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) for the bridge.
HUNDREDS OF MILES
He said he will continue to push the County Legislature for low-interest bonds like this for upkeep on some of the 220-plus miles of roads and 153 bridges that it is his department’s responsibility to maintain.
At his urging, legislators borrowed $2.3 million this year to repair and improve Brainardsville Road, which had deteriorated faster than expected under the weight of trucks bearing materials and parts for wind-farm projects in Chateaugay.
Less than a year after becoming highway superintendent in October 2010, Hutchins asked the county to consider a $5 million to $10 million bond project in 2015 to purchase new equipment and make significant road and bridge repairs.
No action was taken, so he created a priority list of projects and has been completing repairs as his annual funding allows, which covers an average of about 20 miles of road paving and two bridges a year.
In his overview of 2013 projects, Hutchins praised his employees for their work on a $1.5 million bridge replacement on County Route 48 (Franklin Falls Road) over the Saranac River, saying the road was closed to traffic just 19 days.
He said New York State Department of Transportation regional officials were so impressed that they used it at a statewide conference as an example of how a complicated project can get done efficiently.
Other projects involved abutments at Goldsmith Road over the north branch of the Saranac River; girders, sleepers and decking on a Johnson Road bridge over the Salmon River; abutments on Blue Mountain Road over Quebec Brook; and bridge work on Ragged Lake Road over Ingraham Pond Stream.
The Highway Department also did extensive repairs to flood-damaged roads near Titus Mountain, bridge repair on Jewitt Road and extended an existing road off Route 30 for use during construction of a new 135-bed skilled-nursing facility to be operated by Alice Hyde Medical Center.
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