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DOT spruces up Catskill

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West Bridge Street at the intersection of Broome Street in the village of Catskill in this 2018 file photo. The state Department of Transportation plans an extensive repaving project from Route 9W to West Bridge Street to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge approach in the village of Catskill, Greene County lawmakers said.
February 21, 2019 10:02 pm

CATSKILL — The state Department of Transportation has plans to do an extensive amount of roadwork in the village of Catskill this year, Greene County officials said.

Greene County Highway Superintendent Robert Van Valkenburg announced Feb. 11 that the legislature’s request to have Route 385/Spring Street and West Bridge Street repaved up to Route 9W was accepted into the department’s 2019 schedule.

“DOT plans to pave approximately 1.4 miles on Route 385 in Greene County between the intersections of Route 9W and Route 23,” DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani confirmed. “Project design and costs are still under development, but we anticipate the project to begin sometime in late 2019.”

Greene County lawmakers were thrilled to hear their efforts paid off.

“This is what we lobbied for,” Legislator Harry Lennon, D-Cairo, said. “This is a tremendous victory.”

Legislator Matthew Luvera, R-Catskill, is pleased with the outcome.

“I’m extremely grateful to state DOT, our Greene County Highway Department and my colleagues in the Legislature that helped push for this project,” he said. “This is something that I’ve asked for the last couple years and for this to be a priority along Spring Street and West Bridge Street all the way up to 9W. We need smooth roadways for our people to drive on and also need to have the street look neat.”

The streets and section of Route 385 in the village are subject to heavy traffic, Luvera said.

“The road has been torn up the last couple of years and has been in disrepair,” he said. “It’s a heavily used road in the village used by many Greene County residents going to businesses on the west side.”

The repairs have been a long-time coming, Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley said.

“West Bridge Street has been neglected for many years,” he said. “Being a state highway, our hands are tied to get it fixed. We are so happy for the work scheduled to be done and thank those who helped make it a reality.”

Seeley sees West Bridge Street as an integral highway for the village.

“We believe West Bridge Street is our link between the downtown business district and the box stores,” Seeley said. “It’s imperative that we make it as attractive and friendly as we can.”

Seeley hopes the work will commence after school is out for the summer, so there is less impact on traffic, he said.

In addition to addressing the roads, the village is also looking at infrastructure improvements, Seeley said.

The village experienced a series of water main breaks in January and February due to fluctuating temperatures and the age of the main.

“In our 2019 capital plan, we are looking to replace some of the oldest [water] lines,” Seeley said earlier this month.

Figures for the capital project have not been drawn up yet, as the village’s fiscal year begins in June.

Seeley wants to make infrastructure improvements before the roads are repaved, he said.