WILMINGTON — Progress on the reconstruction of Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway is on schedule.
Town of Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston has toured the road on weekends over the past month.
“I think they are progressing well. They’ve got a lot of culverts replaced. They’re doing a lot of ditch work,” the supervisor said.
Work on the $12 million State Department of Transportation project began May 14 to repair, replace and restore drainage systems and surfaces of the historic Veteran’s Highway.
About $2 million of allocated funding is to be spent on repairs to the Whiteface Castle at the summit.
“They’ve replaced the wastewater treatment system at the castle,” Preston said in a recent interview.
“Basically, on the Veteran’s Highway, they’re focusing on ditches and culverts right now. They’ve got several of them completed.”
Throughout June, the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway is closed on weekdays, open only on Saturday and Sunday until July 1.
“It’s important to get the word out that the road isn’t open during the week until July 1,” Preston said.
Some visitors have been turned back, unaware that road construction is in progress, the supervisor advised.
“But traffic on weekends is busy.”
DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani confirmed that reconstruction of the highway’s drainage system is going well.
“They haven’t gotten to road reconstruction as far as tearing it up and rebuilding the roadway itself,” he said.
“The road will be open in both directions starting in July and August, ending on Sept. 1.”
DOT will work on the project at night this summer, Viggiani said.
“Then we’re back to closure on the weekdays, with the road open on weekends. The contractor seems confident it will be completed on time by June of next year.”
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