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The Telegram
  • Herkimer Co. rehabilitated 10.58 miles of roads in 2012

  • The Herkimer County Highway Department’s 2012 capital construction program consisted of seven projects, which rehabilitated approximately 10.58 miles of roads.

    Project funding was provided by state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program  and county maintenance fund moneys, according to county Highway Superintendent Jay Ewanyk.

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  • The Herkimer County Highway Department’s 2012 capital construction program consisted of seven projects, which rehabilitated approximately 10.58 miles of roads.
    Project funding was provided by state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program  and county maintenance fund moneys, according to county Highway Superintendent Jay Ewanyk.
    Total construction costs were $3,249,244, with Atlantic Wind Farms providing $150,000 in funding for road repairs on Military Road in the town of Salisbury due to an agreement that was in place.
    “In all, the moneys included about $2.7 million in CHIPS funding and roughly $400,000 in county road maintenance moneys, in addition to the $150,000 that was secured from Atlantic Wind,” said Ewanyk. “All of the projects were focused in the northern quadrant of the county, and rehabilitated roads by making drainage improvements, installing catch basins, removing banks, widening the roadway and strengthening the subbase, in addition to paving. Work on the projects were completed by private contractors and by the county’s own highway department crews.”
    Projects included 0.87 miles of road rehabilitation of South Shore Road in the town of Webb, at a cost of $961,250; 3.55 miles of road rehabilitation of Emmonsburg Road in the town of Salisbury, at a cost of $672,743; 2.67 miles of road rehabilitation of Hardscrabble Road in the town of Fairfield, at a cost of $879,292; 1.89 miles of road rehabilitation of Hurricane Road in the town of Norway, at a cost of $451,740; deck replacement on Murphy Road in the town of Manheim, at a cost of $118,791; and 1.60 miles of road rehabilitation of Military Road in Salisbury, at a cost of $165,408.
    The remaining project, said Ewanyk, was the Hawthorne Road Bridge replacement project over Sterling Creek in the town of Schuyler, which included securing consulting engineering services.
    With the size of the county’s highway system, in terms of the number of miles of county roads, and the limited funding that is available, Legislator Dennis Korce, R - Little Falls, said the work the county Highway Department is able to complete on an annual basis is “miraculous.”
    “Jay and the highway department do a tremendous job maintaining the roads in Herkimer County,” he said. “They target areas where they will get the most impact for the dollars they spend, which allows the county, and its taxpayers, to get the most out of their investment year in and year out.”
    In 2013, Ewanyk said the highway department will look to complete eight road rehabilitation projects and three bridge replacement projects in the southern quadrant of the county.
    These projects, he said, will also be funded by state CHIPS and county road maintenance fund moneys, and will be completed by private contractors and the county highway department.
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