Road pro­ject to con­tinue as long as weather al­lows

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble [email protected]­manon­

Work to sta­bi­lize James Street and im­prove pedes­trian safety on the road is ex­pected to con­tinue as far into the win­ter as the weather al­lows.

Rosendale Su­per­vi­sor Jeanne Walsh said Wed­nes­day that the state sup­ports the town’s ef­fort to cre­ate a walk­a­ble com­mu­nity. The $1.6 mil­lion James Street pro­ject is part of that ef­fort.

“A lin­ear park is be­ing built ... to con­tinue the pedes­trian walk­way that goes from where the (James Street] side­walk ends at the top of the hill,” she said.

The plans calls for about a third of a mile of trail to the es­tab­lished from Route 32 to the side­walk. The walk­ing area will be be­tween an ex­ist­ing guardrail along the em­bank­ment of the Ron­d­out Creek and a new guardrail to be in­stalled on the shoul­der of James Street.

The lin­ear park will in­clude benches and a small park­ing area near Route 32.

Problems with James Street date to ero­sion caused by Trop­i­cal Storms Irene and Lee in 2011. The road ini­tially was closed from Septem­ber 2011 un­til Jan­uary 2012, then the prob­lem wors­ened when bro­ken wa­ter lines were found to have cre­ated a sink­hole that hol­lowed out a 40-foot-long area some 20 feet be­neath the road sur­face.

The cost of the cur­rent is be­ing cov­ered by fund­ing from the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment that’s ad­min­is­tered by the New York Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Storm Re­cov­ery.

Walsh said sta­bi­liza­tion work for the em­bank­ment be­gan in Septem­ber and will con­tinue un­til there is a sig­nif­i­cant ac­cu­mu­la­tion of snow.

“That whole bank is [be­ing re­stored] with a wall so we don’t have any im­pact from flood­ing,” she said. “The cul­vert un­der the ground had to be re­placed be­cause there are two streams that come to­gether un­der there.”


Rosendale High­way Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Gal­lagher, left, and heavy equip­ment oper­a­tor Gary Schreiber work to fill in a sink­hole at the in­ter­sec­tion of James Street and Parkcrest Drive in Rosendale on Sun­day, Feb. 11, 2018.

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