Route 60 pothole repairs coming soon

Hope is on the horizon for drivers who endure the potholes on Route 60.

Sen. Catharine Young addressed the problem and assured the community that help is coming.

“It is a big mess,” she said. “We are working closely with Department of Transportation to get the project underway and are making good progress.”

Young is feeling really optimistic about the project.

“The project will be underway early to mid- May at the latest,” she said. “The potholes have been a big safety concern and very hard on vehicles.”

Concerned drivers will see improvements coming soon.

“Department of Transportation is very responsive,” Young said.

Young added her own concern about the brutal winter’s effect on the roads.

“The frost damage was severe this winter,” she said. “It created damage much worse than normal.”

There is $40 million added to the pothole fund this year for local governments in the state to fix local roads. It is part of the Highway Improvement Fund.

Young sent out a press release last month addressing the need for road repairs and adding money in the state budget to make that happen.

Record road repair funds to help local governments, including a new $40 million “Extreme Weather Assistance” pothole fund, were added successfully to the state budget by Senate Republicans, according to Young.

The extra transportation money was included by lawmakers in response to the unusually bad winter which has seriously damaged roads. The pothole funding is on top of the popular Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, which was brought to a record $438 million to help municipalities provide much needed road maintenance.

“Every day I hear from travelers who are upset about rough roads and the potholes that are just about everywhere. The extreme freezing and thawing cycles have heaved up pavement and caused deep craters. Poor road conditions can be a contributing factor in car crashes and can cause expensive damage to vehicles. It is a serious safety and pocketbook issue,” Young said. “These capital dollars will enhance our infrastructure, grow jobs and boost our economy.”