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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

NYSDOT Informational Meeting at Town Hall

NYSDOT Informational Meeting Wednesday, January 18th
At Town Hall -- 7 p.m. start
Dan Farrand from NYS Senator George Winner's office will be attending meeting also.

Note from Sallyann: Am looking for questions from those who will not be attending the meeting. If you have one for Dan Farrand or NYSDOT, leave it in the comments section and I'll make sure to ask the questions at the meeting. Will get back to you with answers.



3 Comments:

Anonymous Kitty -Historian said...

Sally-
Thanks for setting up a meeting with NYSDOT officials and representatives from the offices of the various politicians who are involved in obtaining funding for the completion of US Rt. 15 through Lindley. It was quite informative although depressing to learn there is no time table set to finish miles 2-6 to Presho.
What I learned was
1. In 2008, NYS and Penna should have the Pa 4 lanes connecting with NYS 2 lanes somewhere around Watson Creek.
2. Dot expects to finish the traffic circle construction in Painted Post.
3. The politicians are the people who are responsible for obtaining the funding. DOT decides which projects receive priorities.
4 $53 (of the approximated $100 million needed) of NYS and Fed funds are earmarked for Route 15 in Lindley.
a. $11 million will go toward the first mile into Lindley to Watson creek.
b. $1 million will spent at the end of the original old Rt.15 to replace the wetlands involved in the entire project.
c. $1 million will be spent to construct a detour to protect highway workers while the 4 and 2 lanes are being connected.
I counted about 30-35 concerned citizens at the meeting.
What bothers me is that I doubt I wlll live to see the completion of the 4 lanes to Presho or be too old to drive on it after learning to drive on old Rt. 15 back in the 1940's. AND contending with all the tractor trailers (who knows what kind of materials they carry) and the speedy drivers who use it now.
From what I have been able to find so far.
A quick history of US.Rt. 15.

1792 Col Williamson commissioned Benjamin Patterson to build a road from Northumberland,Pa(Sunbury area)to Bath and Geneseo, NY. Unskilled German immigrants were hired and chopped their way as far as Canoe Camp(Walmart-Mansfield,Pa).Due to adverse conditions,they were brought to Painted Post by boat for the winter.
In 1851 ,a Plank Road was constucted from Painted Post to Lawrenceville,Pa.(Imagine bouncing along on that today)
In the 1920's ,a concrete road was paved using a concrete mixer and horses.
In 1953, the present road from about Stowell Road to Lawrenceville was relocated to the west and out of the flood plain.
In 1970, 4 lanes were constructed to Presho where it ended until NYS and Penna. could decide where to connect.
In 1994, discussions were started between the 2 states as to where to place the highway-since Federal funds were to be used.
2006 Penna will be starting construction on their mile into NYS.-Finishing in 2008
Quite a time frame between projects.
I think I have the facts right-if not-then feel free to correct me.

ONE THING THAT WAS MADE CLEAR TO ME IS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD TO "OUR" POLITIANS BEFORE THE MONEY IS DEVERTED TO SOME OTHER
PROJECT WHERE A POLITIAN HAS MORE INFLUENCE.
As the old Prof. on WETM says "That's my opinion-What's yours?

Kitty

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Gerry said...

This is off the topic of the highway but concerns Indian Hills Golf Club. Kudos to Jim White who made a bid to try and keep the club open. Jim saw the value of having the club reopen this year. Unfortunately his bid was not accepted and the bank is still looking for a buyer. Let us hope whoever does buy Indian Hills will keep it as a golf course and not turn this beautiful property into another gravel mine. I don't play golf but can appreciate the course for what it has offered the area in the past.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would make a lovely Senior Citizen Retirement Community with the club house,etc already there.

12:34 PM  

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