Rensselaer County Announces “The Drive for 65” to Pave Record Number of Road Miles in 2021 Follows Paving of 50 Miles in 2020
Rensselaer County will be working to pave 65 miles of county roads during 2021, making an unprecedented investment in improving the important service, County Executive Steve McLaughlin and members of the County Legislature announced today.
The county’s “The Drive for 65” aims at paving over half of the 322-miles of county roads during a four-year period, noted McLaughlin. So far, the county has paved 105 miles of roads in three years.
“This is an historic investment in our county roads and will make a major difference in this important service. We promised to improve county roads, and this effort demonstrates our commitment,” said McLaughlin.
The county is working to pave more miles of roads in 2021 by a significant number than in previous years. The county set a record by paving 50 miles of roads in 2020. The previous high number had been just over 30 miles.
Work on “The Drive for 65” started this week, with preparation work on Brookview Road (County Route 5) starting. Other road projects are beginning this week across the county.
McLaughlin credited the county Highway Department team, members of the County Legislature and private paving companies for their efforts in improving county roads.
“Our County roads are an important part of our daily commutes, and it is important to keep them in good condition. In my 30+ years on the Legislature I have never seen this many roads paved in one year. I applaud our county highway department and County Executive McLaughlin for getting the job done”, said Majority Leader Ken Herrington- Brunswick.
The total budget for “The Drive for 65” is estimated at $6 million, including state and federal funds. The county is prepared to appropriate additional funds if necessary, said McLaughlin.
“Thanks to Rensselaer County, Brookview Station Road in Schodack has already been milled and paved this year. Paving roads is one of the most important services we can provide to our neighbors in rural Rensselaer, and I am thrilled to see even more roads get paved this year. This is certainly great news from our County Executive Steve McLaughlin”, said Legislator Scott Bendett- Averill Park.
“The county was able to pave a number of county roads in East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill during 2020. It is exciting that many more miles will be paved during 2021, helping make commutes and travel easier for everyone,” said Legislator Leon Fiacco – North Greenbush.
Along with announcing the county’s plans for “The Drive for 65”, McLaughlin renewed the county’s call for approval to begin work on replacing the bridge on Van Hoesen Road (County Route 4) in Schodack. Also, at the May meeting, the County Legislature is expected to consider resolutions for the replacement of the Ford Road Bridge (County Route 123) in Pittstown.