ADAMS A culvert that had been closed for more than a year recently was reopened after complaints from residents and additional funding spurred Jefferson County officials into action.
The culvert sits near the northern bend of North Harbor Road, where it intersects Kellogg Road.
A right turn at the intersection leads to Interstate 81 at interchange 43.
Several Adams residents, including Town Councilman George E. Moulton and Town Supervisor David W. Kellogg, told county legislators at an April meeting that the culverts closure presented a public safety hazard because it limited emergency vehicle access to homes along the road to an accident-prone bridge spanning the Interstate.
The Route 177/South Harbor Road bridge had been hit by tractor-trailers three times in the last two years before the state Department of Transportation began working to rehabilitate it.
A well-timed extra $300,000 in Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funds allowed the culvert replacement project to move forward, according to County Highway Superintendent James L. Lawrence Jr.
Just down from where the new culvert has been installed, construction on another project soon will begin: on Tuesday the county will start replacing a culvert near Route 63 and North Harbor Road.
That replacement is necessary because it is ready to fail, Mr. Lawrence said.
The work is scheduled to take two weeks, after which the county will pave over both culverts, completing two of the countys last construction projects before snow starts falling.