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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 4, 2011

Westerlo highway detour

By Zach Simeone

HILLTOWNS — Drivers approaching Westerlo by way of Route 85 will be forced on a detour until the end of next week, according to a spokeswoman at the New York State Department of Transportation.

“This is actually a project to reconstruct the road and put in some drainage improvements on Route 85 between 157 and 443,” said Carol Breen, a DOT spokeswoman. The work began on July 18.

“It’s expected to be closed until about next Friday,” said Breen. “After that, they’ll still be doing some cleanup work, but they’ll at least be able to re-open the road.”

This work, Breen said, is one of several ongoing projects to reconstruct pavement. She was unable to obtain a cost breakdown for these projects on Wednesday.

“The signed detour we had is supposed to take you on Route 157, to 157A, to 443, and back to 85,” Breen said.

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