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Department of Public Works Commissioner Eric Mead and District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell look into the culvert pipe underneath Miami Avenue on Friday.


Recorder News Staff

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — The Montgomery County Department of Public Works has been busy with road improvements this summer and drivers should take note that crews will begin paving Miami Avenue on Monday morning.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Eric Mead and District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell took a tour Thursday of Miami Avenue and a culvert pipe installed last year to make sure everything was in order before paving begins.

Purtell, who wore high rubber boots while inspecting inside the pipe, said he just wanted to make sure there were no issues before beginning the paving project. Mead said he hoped the new paving will last 15 years. There were no issues detected during the tour.

Mead said the road will be paved from Midline Road to Route 30 and he expects the work to take one to three days, weather permitting. Mead said the goal is to keep one lane open for travel, but he advised drivers to consider taking an alternate route.

There is already a digital sign placed near Walmart notifying drivers of the delays they should expect at the start of work week. Mead said if there are no issues with the traffic, crews will be able to finish the project more quickly.

“If it becomes a cumbersome situation, Eric can close the road,” Purtell said.

Mead said the road is being paved partially because of it’s age and to correct some of the settling that occurred due to the of the replacement of the culvert pipe last summer. He said the paving would also correct some of the damage done from the executing of that project.

Hanson Construction is completing the paving this year. DPW crews will help with preparation work and ditches. Once paving is finished, crews will stripe the road.

Mead said after the striping, the DPW will be looking to fix some guard rails this fall. His crews have also been working to fix a catch basin in that vicinity.

Purtell said it has been a priority to finish the Miami Avenue paving project before school starts.

Miami Avenue officially reopened in October after being closed for several months after an engineering firm found that sections of the culvert pipe, which carries water beneath the roadway, had collapsed, causing the large dip in the pavement. Montgomery County closed the road from Tessiero Square to the Amsterdam High School out of safety.

To fix Miami Avenue and replace the collapsed culvert pipe cost $550,000, all of which came from the state and federal government.

There are still 11 culverts in Montgomery County that need to be replaced, totaling $1.9 million from the NY Rising Community Reconstruction program. The towns of Amsterdam and Florida and the city of Amsterdam were also allotted $3 million each from the program.

Mead said once all the work is completed, hopefully Miami Avenue will be off the radar for awhile.

The DPW will continue projects this summer. They have completed paving roads in St. Johnsville, but still have some remaining in the Town of Amsterdam and Village of Canajoharie.

Mead said roughly 40 miles of roads will be paved. As for the upcoming week, Mead said to please try and take an alternate route.

“Cooperation goes a long way,” he said.