An extensive $11.5 million paving project will affect motorists across three Columbia County towns that travel the Taconic State Parkway, said Heather Pillsworth, public information officer for New York State Department of Transportation, Zone 8.

The paving, which was scheduled to begin Monday, will encompass more than 14 miles in both directions, between Exit 91 in Philmont and the Berkshire Connector of the New York State Thruway in Chatham, Pillsworth said.

The roadwork will pass through parts of the towns of Claverack, Ghent and Chatham.

Motorists are being advised that one northbound and southbound lane is expected to be closed Monday through Fridays from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., Pillsworth said.

The construction is expected to be completed Oct. 31, according to Colarusso & Son on Tuesday.

The project is one of the largest scheduled to take place in Columbia County this year.

The paving will take place weather permitting, so if there are a lot of rainy days in May and June, the completion date will be pushed back, Pillsworth said.

The project will improve the quality of the pavement and increase its longevity, while maintaining safety attributes associated with roadway surfaces, Pillsworth said.

Total estimated cost of the project is $11,539,391, according to Department of Transportation records.

Funding for the project comes from the federal government and from New York state through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The contract to perform the work was awarded May 9 to A. Colarusso & Son.

Certain areas throughout the work zone will be controlled by flaggers.

Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license, Pillsworth said.

For up-to-date roadwork and travel information, call 511, visit or download the free 511NY mobile app., Pillsworth said.

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