by Tom Walogorsky | Staff Writer
In welcome news for Hudson Valley motorists, State Senator Terrence Murphy (40th Senate District) has delivered on a pledge to secure more than $4.4 million to improve roads in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties. This infrastructure investment comes from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and will help to repair the effects of harsh winter weather on local roadways. This funding comes as part of the DOT’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), Extreme Winter Recovery (EWR), and Local Pave NY budgets.
“If our roads crumble, so does our ability to attract new business to the Hudson Valley,” Sen. Murphy said. “As our towns and villages continue to grow, we need to make sure our roads are safe and trouble free. I’ve always said there’s no Republican or Democratic way to fix a pothole – only the right way! With an increase in funding, towns will be getting an additional bump to fix all those bumps in the roads.”
Of the more than $4.4 million in increased state infrastructure investment, nearly $65,000 in funding has been earmarked for Dutchess County. The enhanced allocation for the Town of Pawling means an increase of nearly $33,000 from the previous year’s budget.
With this influx of CHIPS funding, Pawling is now entertaining proposals for several repaving projects in town. One such project is the repaving of Charles Colman Blvd. The town is investigating the use of Fibermat paving, a pavement preservation technique specifically designed to absorb movement and delay pavement cracking. This project would cost an estimated $70,000 and is under review pending reports from municipal engineers.
Also under consideration are repaving projects along Charles Street and West Street to fix pothole damage incurred during the winter months. These proposals are also still awaiting approval as the town and village continue to investigate the necessity of sewer main and water main replacement on those streets as well.