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State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2002 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2002 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Cuomo: "Rooftop highway" needs economic reality check

While in Potsdam Tuesday, Governor Cuomo threw cold water on the decades old idea of a new Interstate between Watertown and Plattsburgh. But he left open a sliver of hope for supporters of the so-called "rooftop highway."  Go to full article
Photo: Joanna Richards
Photo: Joanna Richards

Six die in crash with tractor-trailer in Antwerp

UPDATE: The Watertown Daily Times reports James A. Mills Jr., the truck driver who caused the crash, was released without charges Thursday night while state police continue their investigation.

Six people died yesterday in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Route 11 in the town of Antwerp, in Jefferson County. The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. near Fox Ranch Road and Dickson Road just south of the St. Lawrence county line. Vehicles were slowing down for a paving project, and a tractor-trailer in the southbound lane failed to slow down as it approached the work zone, slamming into several other vehicles and causing a chain reaction crash involving six vehicles.  Go to full article
Photo: Lisa M. Macias, via Wikimeda Commons
Photo: Lisa M. Macias, via Wikimeda Commons

Business group opposes big NY State Thruway tax hike

A coalition of business groups is opposing a proposed 50% toll hike for trucks on the New York State Thruway, saying it will have a "drastic" impact on manufacturing, farming and many other industries.

Unshackle Upstate is a member of the coalition of business groups, which argues that the toll hike will put the state's trucking industry, and all the businesses that use trucks to haul goods, at a "competitive disadvantage." Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Group opposes "rooftop highway"

The idea of an Interstate across the North Country to connect Watertown and Plattsburgh is more than 50 years old. It's had different names: the rooftop highway, the Northern Tier Expressway, Interstate 98. But it's never faced any organized opposition, until now.

A group of residents in St. Lawrence County has formed "Yes Eleven." They argue that with a price tag of at least four billion dollars, and opposition from the state department of transportation, the rooftop highway is a pie in the sky.

John Danis is the co-coordinator of YES-Eleven. He told David Sommerstein the group's name references the notion that the rooftop highway is siphoning precious funds from existing infrastructure on the region's main existing artery--Route 11.  Go to full article

State of Disrepair: aging roads & bridges

Today we begin a week-long series looking at the state of New York's infrastructure, called State of Disrepair. It's a collaboration among all the public radio stations across the state.

The safety of New York's network of roads and bridges has fallen victim to the shaky economy, as highway officials struggle to balance their own budgets. Dave Lucas has more on their call for financial assistance from the state.  Go to full article

Watertown to Maine Corridor in Highway Bill

A four-lane highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh is a part of a grand plan in Congress to connect northern New York with northern Maine. As David Sommerstein reports, the so-called "rooftop highway" is included in the federal transportation bill.  Go to full article

Rooftop Highway Trudges Onward

The idea of a "rooftop highway," a four-lane divided road to connect Watertown and Plattsburgh, has become almost mythical in North Country lore. The concept has floated around policy circles since the 1960s as a means of regional economic development. In the last few years, the rooftop highway movement has gathered steam. Governor Pataki even gave it a new name--the Northern Tier Expressway--at a 2003 appearance at Clarkson University. Plans are slowly moving forward, despite some setbacks. David Sommerstein has this update.  Go to full article

Less Mowing Protects Ground-Nesting Birds

Wildlife experts are urging landowners and road maintenance crews to delay mowing roadsides. Mowing kills many grassland birds by destroying nests. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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