Developments for a proposed road project in Herkimer County

There are new developments for a proposed road project that will affect two different towns in Herkimer County.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 11:29 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 11:49 PM

STARK, N.Y. - There are new developments for a proposed road project that will affect two different towns in Herkimer County.

On February 20, the town of Danube held a meeting for residents to hear from the Herkimer County Highway Department to get a better understanding of the project plans for Travis Road. Tuesday night, it was the town of Stark's turn.

The portion of Travis Road being considered for reconstruction is the 1.72 miles from Johnnycake Road to State Route 168.

The $1.2 million project would be funded by the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, also known as CHIPS. 

Many residents that live on Travis Road have some concerns, but the supervisors for both towns, Danube and Stark, say that the road is in bad shape and something needs to be done. The Herkimer County Highway Department also says something needs to be done because it is a liability for Herkimer County.

Right now, the road is a narrow, single lane road, with not much for shoulders and uneven pavement. This project would widen and straighten the road, creating 10 foot travel lanes, two foot shoulders, and three foot ditches, making it a 30 foot wide road.

The highway superintendent for the town of Stark says he plows that road and it is dangerous for anyone who travels on it. 

"Travis Road, what the countys proposing to fix, is one of the steepest hills in our town and we have to go down it unfortunately when it's slippery and it's very uneven, rough," Anthony Greschceck, Highway Superintendent for the town of Stark said. "I'm looking at if from our point of view and it's in our best interest to get the road fixed."

Mark Nagele from the Herkimer County Highway Department says he received a letter from the town of Danube after their meeting and they want to proceed with this project. Now it is up to the town of Stark to decide if they want to move forward as well. 

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