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April 4, 2013

YouTube video prompts DOT action

NEWCOMB — A comical video ribbing the Department of Transportation for the ragged condition of Route 28N from Newcomb to Long Lake has apparently spurred the state into action.

The seven-minute episode, entitled “State Route 28N: Part of the Purchase,” had almost 5,000 hits on YouTube as of Wednesday morning.

It begins with Newcomb Town Planning Board member Paul Hai and cinematographer Matt Klippel purchasing cups of hot, steaming coffee at the High Peaks Kitchen in Newcomb, then trying to keep their drinks from spilling all over while driving bumpy Route 28N to Long Lake in Hamilton County.

A Bobblehead doll of Gov. Cuomo sits taped to the dash of the car as they drive, bouncing as each pothole is hit.

‘A LOT OF FUN’

Hai commissioned the video and stars in it.

“The goal was to have a lot of fun,” Hai told the Press-Republican. “We wanted to balance our observations with people who are really impacted by driving the road. We stopped people driving to Newcomb and asked if they wanted to talk.”

One of them was Long Lake resident James Jennings, who is featured in the video talking about Route 28N while standing next to his red Jeep.

“I could see where you could lose control, if you hit some of those bumps too fast,” Jennings says.

LAST REPAIRED IN 1979

Pocked with holes from heavy log trucks and filled with large frost heaves from a frigid winter, the 30 miles of Route 28N through Minerva and Newcomb to Long Lake are driveable only at speeds a fraction of the 55 and 45 mph speed limits on the road.

The state last resurfaced Route 28N in 1979, and it had previously announced 1.5 miles would be addressed this year, along with planning for a reconstruction project that would start in 2014.

PROJECT SPEEDED UP

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