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DOT to repair pothole plagued road in Columbia County

May 21, 2019 10:44 PM

There's some good news for people who drive along Route 22 in Canaan. A pothole plagued stretch of the road will soon be getting some repairs.

"I think what they're going to address is the most critical section of the road which is really the public safety issue," said Canaan Town Supervisor Rick Keaveney.

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NewsChannel 13 first reported on the pothole problem on March 19 after concerned residents and town leaders for both Canaan and New Lebanon reached out to us, saying the New York State Department of Transportation was being unresponsive to their safety concerns with the road.

"It's like bumper cars only up and down," said Peter Flierl, a concerned driver.

NewsChannel 13 drove a 10 mile stretch of the road beginning at the Love's Truck Stop off of I-90 and ending in New Lebanon. Along the way, we found dangerous conditions - including potholes, uneven surfaces and shoulders and broken car parts and tire rims.

Town officials say the price tag to repair the entire stretch would be over $8 million. Some officials have been trying to get DOT to act on this for six years. They say the road hasn't been repaved in more than 20 years.

One month after NewsChannel 13 aired the story, Keaveney says DOT arranged a meeting with them and pledged $500,000 to resurface 3.5 miles of Route 22 near the Route 295 intersection.

While it isn't a complete fix, officials say it is a step in the right direction.

"It will be a much smoother drive on new pavement this summer. People don't have to avoid Route 22 anymore," said Keaveney.

DOT says the project should be started in early to mid-June.

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Jacquie Slater

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