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Bedford, Lewisboro Awarded State Funds for Paving

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Potholes on Route 100 in Somers Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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ALBANY, N.Y. – Bedford and Lewisboro are receiving more than a half-million dollars in state funds for road repairs, according to Sen. Terrence Murphy's office.

New York municipalities are receiving the funds from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), Extreme Winter Recovery (EWR) and Local PAVE-NY 2018-19 budget.

Lewisboro will receive $213,111 and Bedford will receive $369,208, Murphy's office said.

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“Tourists, commuters, parents and school children travel our roads regularly and expect them to be safe and trouble-free,” Murphy said in a press release. “Good roads mean fewer car repairs for commuters, and are important to business activity and the continued growth of all our communities in the Hudson Valley.”

Westchester County and its municipalities will get a total of $7,317,334.

Most state roads not on track for repaving

The state has few plans to repave or significantly repair its roads in northern Westchester and Putnam counties.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation’s website, only roads in Carmel, New Castle, North Salem and Southeast will see new asphalt in 2018. The state is resurfacing:

  • Route 6 between Route 52 in Carmel and Tilly Foster Road in Southeast;
  • Route 120 between Marcourt Drive and Route 133 in New Castle; and
  • Interstate 684 between Hardscrabble Road in North Salem and I-84 in Southeast.

Though roads in Bedford and Lewisboro are not in line to be repaved, the state is always on the lookout for potholes, said Gina DiSarro, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

“They will [fix] them as they come up on any road,” DiSarro said. “If they’re reported, they’re addressed. They’re usually patched temporarily because of the material.”

In the winter, DiSarro said, state crews patch the potholes using cold asphalt, which is a temporary solution. Permanent hot asphalt cannot be used until the roads warm up and asphalt plants reopen in the summer months, she said.

In 2016, the state spent $854,680 to perform crack sealing on its roads across four counties, five cities, 12 villages and 24 towns.

Potholes are a common nuisance in the winter because of constant precipitation, freezing and thawing. DiSarro said residents who see potholes can report them by calling 1-800-POTHOLE.

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