Borrowing $1.18M for paving on table

Montgomery County supervisors will consider borrowing about $1.18 million to resurface just over 30

Montgomery County supervisors will consider borrowing about $1.18 million to resurface just over 30 miles of roadways during the coming construction season.

Portions of 18 roads in the towns of Amsterdam, Palatine and St. Johnsville would be paved if supervisors approve the work, which is estimated to cost $2.63 million.

County Public Works Commissioner Paul Clayburn said visual inspections by town and county highway crews, as well as complaints from residents, all go into the decision to prioritize certain roads for the work.

“They’re the worst [roads] in those towns at this point,” Clayburn said.

The county board’s General Services Committee will meet this evening to review the slate of work that represents the first year of a new, 12-year resurfacing program.

The county boosted the frequency with which roads will be addressed, eliminating the prior 16-year program, Clayburn said.

The county resurfaced about 40 miles of roadways last year, bidding the work out to contractors, but saved some money with county crews replacing more than 6,000 feet of piping for driveways and cross-culverts and clearing out ditches on the sides of the roads, Clayburn said.

“We do most of the labor ourselves,” Clayburn said.

In the town of Amsterdam, resurfacing is eyed for Swart Hill Road, Cranes Hollow Road, Widow Susan Road, Jones Road, Hammondtown Road, Morrow Road, Wallins Corners Road, Noonan Road and Bendick Corners Road, according to a committee resolution.

Log City Road is also going to be realigned as part of a state project on Route 30 in Amsterdam, at a cost of $227,800 to be placed in the bonding resolution.

More than five miles of Hickory Hill Road in the town of Palatine is scheduled to be resurfaced in addition to portions of Stone Arabia Road, Dillenbeck Road and Groff Road.

Town of St. Johnsville roads on the program for 2008 include Lasselville Road, Mill Road, Clay Hill Road and Allen Heights Road, according to the resolution.

Clayburn said design work is being performed for several bridges to be replaced or repaired during the 2009 construction season as well.

According to an outline from Earth Tech Northeast Inc., the bridge spanning the Zimmerman Creek at Lasselville Road requires replacement at an estimated cost of $490,000 to $540,000. Rehabilitating the bridge would cost an estimated $350,000 to $400,000. The repairs would maintain a good rating for between 10 to 20 years, but a replacement model would last 50 to 75 years, according to the report.

Other bridges being considered for work include the bridge on Pickle Hill Road spanning the north branch of the Otsquago Creek in the town of Minden and the Spring Street bridge in Minden, which also spans the Otsquago Creek, both of which are recommended for replacement.

The bridge on Thayer Road spanning Terwilleger Creek in the town of Florida is also recommended for replacement in the 2009 construction season.

The board’s Health and Human Services and General Services committees meet this evening starting at 7 in the county Board Chambers on Broadway in Fonda.

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