Road project to continue as long as weather allows
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.