This is to provide everyone with a summary of the Route 12B paving project that will be undertaken by the New York State Department of Transportation in the Village this summer. For a number of months, we have been meeting and communicating with DOT representatives, who recognized the need to address the problems with the 12B pavement surface. From the beginning, however, it has been made clear to the Village that the State’s budget limitations allow only for a basic resurfacing of the present road, and there are not sufficient funds for any significant reconstruction of the roadway or addition of other amenities.

There will be replacement of some catch basins and drainage structures over the last two weeks of June that will precede the actual paving project, and improvements to sidewalk crosswalk approaches to meet current ADA standards, but other changes are limited. The plans do, however, provide for improvements to crosswalks near Dunkin Donuts and at Montgomery Street. The DOT has been very accommodating in considering crosswalk and bike lane questions we have posed to them. Bike lanes in particular are problematic due to the limited width of the roadway in the sections that are curbed. Bike lanes cannot be designated if it would create unsafe situations for cyclists or motorists. The DOT is considering some additional signage for sharing the road with cyclists. The DOT project plans, as well as other contract documents, are available for viewing on the DOT website.

As for timing of the construction, the State contract for the project has been awarded, and a preconstruction meeting will likely be held within the next two weeks. Presently we do not know the exact construction timetable, but work will not begin in earnest until after the July 4th weekend. We will share additional details in that regard once they are known to us.

While we all wish we could do more at this time, the Village is most appreciative of the State DOT’s current efforts to complete these much-needed improvements. We are always looking ahead, and we will continue to work to find funding for further improvements in the future.