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The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Rooftop highway study details still foggy

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Tuesday, Governor Cuomo made yet another mention of Route 98, aka the rooftop highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh. But he didn't clear up confusion about what he means.

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David Sommerstein
Reporter/ Producer

Cuomo said there is money in his budget plan for a study of the Route 11 corridor that runs through St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.

"And $2.5 million for the Route 98 Feasibility Study. This is a roadway that the North Country has talked about for a long time. Different people have different opinions over whether it will work. Let’s spend the money. Let’s do the study, and let’s find out if it works, because if it does, it could make a tremendous difference for the North Country," said Cuomo in yesterday's budget address.

But our efforts to find mention of that study in the official budget briefing book were unsuccessful. Calls to the Governor’s office were not returned late yesterday.

None of the region’s lawmakers mentioned the Route 98 study in their prepared reactions to the budget plan.

Last week, Cuomo made similar comments in his State of the State speech. But the details in the briefing book that time indicated the study would be of a Canton-Potsdam bypass, not a full Interstate highway across the North Country.

It remains unclear what the $2.5 million study Cuomo mentioned Tuesday will actually study.

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