Boilermaker president: City does best it can in regards to roads

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Utica city council member helped pass legislation Wednesday to put a moratorium on road work the week leading up to the Boilermaker.

Councilman Joe Marino calls it the "Boilermaker obstacle course," referring to orange safety cones on the Parkway the day of the race. But the president of the race says the city does the best with what it has.

"At the end of the day, there's a limited amount of money to deal with an incredible amount of miles, so I think they do the best with what they can," said Tim Reed. "I have no idea what this resolution does or doesn't do, if it helps or it hurts things. We're a nonpolitical event. We try to run a halfway decent road race."

Reed says the orange cones on the Parkway didn't really affect the race, but one runner disagrees.

Hannah Keil of Camden says she saw people tripping over each other.

"I constantly saw people running on the grass, trying to avoid the pavement as much as possible due to the divots and the potholes in the ground," she said. "I also saw people trying to run around the cones because there were so many cones in place."

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