Rough roads cause headaches for Columbia County drivers

March 19, 2019 08:47 PM

As we inch our way closer to spring - the pothole problem won't be going away anytime soon. Rough roads continue to cause headaches for drivers, including in Columbia County.

Route 22 in New Lebanon and Canaan is a state road and people there say the state is failing to keep it safe. They called NewsChannel 13 looking for help.

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Town officials say a stretch of Route 22 between New Lebanon and Canaan hasn't been repaved in more than 20 years. It now has potholes, patch jobs -- and dangerous and uneven shoulders. There are even signs along the route warning drivers about the conditions. However, people who drive these roads every day say the state has been ignoring their warnings and concerns about the area for years.

DOT released the following statement to NewsChannel 13:

"We continue to monitor and address the conditions of Route 22 to ensure safety and will consider additional work as part of the development of the next DOT capital plan."

"Route 22 from the Town of Canaan southern town line, north approximately 2 miles was paved in 2018.  This year, Route 22 will be repaved from Albany Street/Massachusetts State Route 102 to Interstate 90 in the Town of Canaan."

Hear from the town supervisors of both New Lebanon and Canaan and from residents who say upgrades are long overdue, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.


Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff

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