Brakes applied to Route 28 repaving project
By Jay Braman Jr.
As promised, work has begun on the $8 million project to repave Route 28. But while it was previously announced that the new pavement would stretch from Route 375 all the way to the Ulster/Delaware county border at Highmount, it turns out that complete repaving will halt in Boiceville.
Allison Ackerman, a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), explained the plan. “The project will include milling and resurfacing the travel lanes and shoulders on state Route 28, beginning just west of the intersection with state Route 375, in a westerly direction, to Route 28A,” she said. “The project will also include pavement upgrades from state Route 214 to the Delaware County line. Pavement markings will be restored as well.”
Signs and portable variable message signs for this project have been up and running, but actual work on this ARRA-funded project began Tuesday, April 20. The actual paving began on Wednesday, April 21 according to Ackerman.
The contract was awarded to Peckham Road Corp. of White Plains.
The project is funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA.) Construction of this project is expected to be completed by fall. Daily lane closures are expected with restrictions in place during peak travel hours.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein announced in December that he had secured an additional $8.26 million in stimulus money to repave Route 28 all the way to the Delaware County line. In a prepared statement, Hein said he was “pleased to announce that, because Ulster County has been diligent in completing engineering and preliminary work needed to utilize over $27 million in other stimulus funding awarded to the county to date, and because of aggressive advocacy, millions of additional dollars are coming to Ulster County.”
Hein said Gov. David Paterson had approved and certified his request, made through the Ulster County Transportation Council, for the additional federal aid to repave Route 28.
“The new funding will be used to resurface over 23 miles of roadway and shoulders from Route 375 in West Hurley to Route 28A in Boiceville, and from Route 214 in Phoenicia to the Delaware County line,” Hein said.