Krumkill Road to be repaired for $1M

NEW SCOTLAND — Last Wednesday, the town board approved a million-dollar plan to repair parts of Krumkill Road damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011.

“The supporting embankment was washed away in the storm,” Town Supervisor Tom Dolin told The Enterprise this week.

While the town was ineligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, the Federal Highway Administration did agree to pay for the repairs in full.

Town engineer Mark Dempf gave the board and the meeting attendees a rundown of the three available options for fixing the road.

The first option, which would cost about $2.5 million, would reconstruct the road using the original alignment, and use a half acre of property.

The second option, set to cost $980,000, would reduce the speed limit and introduce “substandard curves,” using 1.8 acres of land.

At just over $1 million, the third option would keep the current 35 miles-per-hour speed limit, and introduce larger radius curves. This plan would use approximately 2 acres of land; the owners would be compensated for it.

The board passed a resolution selecting the third reconstruction option, though the New York Department of Transportation has final say over which plan is ultimately chosen.

“By coincidence,” Dolin said, “that is the option DOT prefers.”

The bid for the project to repair the three-tenths of a mile section of road should go out next year.

Other business

In other business, the board:

— Had a visit from County Executive Daniel McCoy on his “listening tour.” McCoy spoke about finding creative solutions to county problems, and assured an inquisitive resident that he is keeping the possibility of a Quiet Zone for the railroad tracks in Voorheesville on his plate;

— Approved an amendment to the Rail Trail license agreement that adds the quarter mile section of the trail between Voorheesville Avenue and South Main Street. to the four-party agreement among the town of New Scotland, the village of Voorheesville, Albany County, and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy; and,

— Approved the proposed Northeast Water District Extension #2 during the regular board meeting — the public hearing for the extension took place at 6:45 p.m., before the meeting — which will add 19 taps from the LeVie farm subdivision to the water district. Eighteen of the taps are for lots, and the remaining tap is for the maintenance building.



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