Parkway paving starts on Monday

Photo courtesy of Ken DeRoller: The state Department of Transportation has a sign by the Lake Ontario State Parkway, telling drivers that road work will start on Monday. That is a welcome sign for users of the Parkway who have been pushing for improvements for several years.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 April 2018 at 11:37 am

$5.2 million project will address ‘worst section’ of road

KENDALL – The long-awaited paving of the Lake Ontario State Parkway along a rough section in Kendall and Hamlin will start on Monday.

The $5.2 million project includes both the eastern and western lanes of the Parkway for 7 miles from Route 19 to 2 miles west of the Kendall town line.

“We’re very happy about it,” Ken DeRoller, Orleans County legislator, said at this morning Orleans Economic Development Agency meeting. “This is the worst section of the road.”

DeRoller, a Kendall resident, has been one of the loudest voices in recent years seeking upgrades to the Parkway.

The state last year spent about $9 million paving a section of the Parkway from Route 19 east to Payne Beach. Now the paving will stretch into Orleans County.

The bumpy road has deterred traffic, especially people with campers, local officials say. In March 2016, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley delivered to the Governor’s Office nearly 2,000 petitions signed by local residents asking for state support to better repair and maintain the highway.

“This is humungous,” Carol D’Agostino, Kendall High School principal and EDA board member, said about the paving work. “That road is horrible. People have damaged their cars.”

DeRoller said the improved Parkway should draw more visitors to Orleans County, especially to the upgraded Bald Eagle Marina, which expects to open a restaurant next month near one of the Parkway exits.

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