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Parishville Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore frustrated with DOT’s lack of work on Route 72 paving

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PARISHVILLE — Parishville town officials are urging the state Department of Transportation to complete renovation work on Route 72 that was started more than a decade ago.

A stretch of Route 72 from the Parishville Town Hall into Hopkinton was completed in 2001. But Parishville Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said he has spent the past three years urging DOT officials to complete paving between Stafford Corner and Parishville Center. He said DOT officials promised last year that work would be finished this summer. But with the summer work schedule coming to an end, Parishville officials are skeptical.

Parishville resident Gary Snell Jr. raised the issue at last week’s town board meeting.

“State Route 72, Jerry, the condition of it ... that didn’t get done... I talked to the engineer and there’s nothing scheduled until 2015 and that’s just the resurfacing of the road. If you don’t travel that road, if you don’t know, there’s a bunch of businesses there. Sometimes there’s 100 commercial vehicles beyond that stretch of road,” Mr. Snell said.

“It’s basically a horse and buggy road with 21st century vehicles on it. You can’t walk on the road and it doesn’t affect just the people that live there. The old Parishville Road is getting a ton of increased traffic because people are diverting around all of the farm equipment on it. And it’s nothing against the farm equipment, it’s just the road’s not designed to take that kind of abuse down through there,” Mr. Snell said.

Mr. Snell said he was told the money for improvements to the road between Stafford Corner and Parishville Center had been approved when the original work was done 12 years ago. “...obviously then they thought there was a need to do it then and they didn’t do it,” he said.

Mr. Snell said he told a DOT chief engineer he would be bringing his concerns to the attention of the Parishville Town Board and the engineer said he had no problem with that.

Mr. Moore said that he received a letter from the DOT in 2012 stating that the paving would be done this summer. Meanwhile, Mr. Snell said, he was told by the same people that it would be an 8- to 10-year process and is not close to being completed.

“Everyone’s well aware if you drive that road. The town is plowing the road. It’s a hazard, and someone’s going to get hurt on that road. There’s no shoulder anywhere to walk on it. I wish there was something we could do as far as bringing attention to that problem,” Mr. Snell said.

Contacted after the town board meeting, DOT Region 6 Public Information Officer Michael R. Flick said that only some patching on the road is scheduled for this summer. He said he was unaware of any correspondence sent to the Parishville town supervisor and noted paving work on Route 72 is next scheduled for 2015.

“We have an engineer that oversees the state highways in the county. He said that we’re on the schedule for 2015. That may change as program plans are adjusted based on projected vs. actual funding streams, needs, etc.,” Mr. Flick said. “In between now and then, we will continue with patching and keep Route 72 as well maintained as we can.”

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