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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Steuben County DPW gears up for summer roadwork

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  • Steuben County’s Department of Public Works is gearing up for a summer  construction season that will include $6.1 million worth of road projects, including major work on 74 miles of county road, Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti told The Leader on Wednesday.
    That includes work on 12 miles of road just to repair damage caused by the harsh winter, he added.
    The roadwork falls under three broad categories: surface treatment, recycling and blacktopping, and full reconstruction.
    The county will also replace four bridges and do four culvert installations. Most of those projects involve splitting costs with towns and villages under shared services arrangements, Spagnoletti added.
    The DPW has a field crew of 95, along with six engineers and three supervisors. Crews are already out doing bridge and culvert work, and roadwork will ramp up in May and continue through September.
    Vast, rural Steuben County has 678 miles of roads, third-most of any county in the state, Spagnoletti said. Steuben also has 331 bridges, the most in the state, he added.
    But there’s only 100,000 residents, a population that’s far less than other counties of similar size. With such a small tax base to draw revenue from, it’s tough to maintain so many roads and bridges, he said.
    “You’re never really caught up,” Spagnoletti said.
    Despite the tight budget, the DPW managed to reduce the number of county roads listed as “poor” in road condition surveys from 102 to 40 between 1998 and 2012, Spagnoletti said. But the severe winter that just ended will likely downgrade a number of roads to “poor,” he added.
    This summer the DPW will do major winter damage repair work on 12 miles of roads, plus crack sealing on another 35 miles. The work will be aided by $400,000 in extra state funding earmarked for winter damage that Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano pushed for in Albany, Spagnoletti said.
    • The winter repairs will include work on sections of County Route 4 in Addison, County Route 16 in Bath, County Route 96 in Bradford and Wayne, County Route 22 in Cameron, County Route 24 in Cameron and Rathbone, County Route 41 in Corning, County Route 28 and County Route 108 in Hartsville, County Route 41 in Hornby, County Route 5 in Lindley, County Route 9 and County Route 75 in Prattsburgh, County Route 78 in Pulteney, County Route 87 in Urbana, County Route 59 in West Union and County Route 7 in Wheeler.
    Another 28 miles of road will get potholes filled, including portions of County Route 113 in Bath and Urbana, County Route 25 in Cameron, County Route 46 in Dansville, County Route 60 in Greenwood and West Union, County Route 117 in Troupsburg, and County Route 127 in Woodhull. Those roads are also targeted for more significant upgrades in the county’s next five-year construction cycle which begins in 2016.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Roads getting surface treatment this summer include portions of County Route 2 in Addison and Rathbone, County Route 16 in Bath, County Route 29 in Canisteo and Hornell, County Route 31 in Jasper, County Route 45 in Corning, County Route 46 in Dansville, County Route 67 in Hornellsville, County Route 101 in Woodhull, and County Route 96 in Wayne.
    • Roads getting recycling/blacktopping work include portions of County Route 1 in Campbell, County Route 11 in Bath, and County Route 119 in Canisteo and Cameron.
    • Full reconstruction projects are planned on sections of County Route 14 in Bath, County Route 53 in Dansville, County Route 54 in Fremont, County Route 84 in Troupsburg, County Route 87 in Wayne, County Route 98 in West Union, County Route 111 in Troupsburg, and County Route 333 in Campbell.
    • The county will also replace bridges on Slate Creek Road in Hartsville, Cunningham Creek Road in Hornellsville, Larue Road in Wheeler and County Route 127 in Woodhull, and do four culvert installations.

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