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December 19, 2013

Franklin County may seek highway bond

Looking to rebuild, repair County Route 4

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.

COORDINATED PROJECTS

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.

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