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Parkway is becoming unusable due to deterioration

Posted 19 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

Is it just me? Am I the only person that thinks the state is totally delinquent in allowing the Lake Ontario Parkway in Orleans County to deteriorate to the point where it is almost unusable as a public roadway?

How do we allow this beautiful drive along the lakeshore, and access point into our county and all the things we have to offer, to fall into such a state of disrepair?

I have tried to contact our state representatives, and also the DOT about this, but am met with only deaf ears. I hope there isn’t the thought that “It’s not a priority because of decreased use.”

Of note here is it’s pretty obvious that there is decreased use because of the horrendous condition of the roadway. I believe there is also a safety issue here, as there are more and more drivers that actually drive on the paved shoulder, at speed, due to it being in far better condition than the highway itself.

I’m pretty sure the shoulder surface is not designed to be used as a primary roadway. (Sarcasm intended.) Could this highway, and our county, get just a little of the state’s attention please?

Mark Doty
Kendall