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Route 11 passing through Potsdam. Photo: <a href="">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Route 11 passing through Potsdam. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DOT chief throws cold water on rooftop highway

Speaking after a budget hearing in Albany yesterday, state Department of Transportation commissioner Joan McDonald threw cold water on the idea of an Interstate linking Watertown and Plattsburgh across the North Country. "My guess is that we probably wouldn't do the highway," McDonald told New York Now. "But I want to take a look one more time."

McDonald said two separate studies in the last decade have concluded the corridor along Route 11 through St. Lawrence and Franklin counties didn't have enough traffic to merit a divided highway.  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.

Farm bureau opposes "rooftop highway"

The group that's pushing for an Interstate to be built from Watertown to Plattsburgh has collected hundreds of local endorsements.

But it just lost an influential one. The New York Farm Bureau passed a resolution earlier in December, opposing the so-called "rooftop highway".  Go to full article

Funds some hoped would be used for new rooftop highway will instead go to Route 11 improvements

Proponents of a new rooftop highway in the state are angry after an announcement by the state Department of Transportation this week that the agency will use $6.3 million in federal money earmarked as part of the 2005 federal highway bill for improvements along Route 11. The I-98 supporters thought the money was supposed to be used for planning studies for the new highway. But the DOT says the language in the legislation allows the money to be used for Route 11 instead. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

Colton supervisor says too much emphasis on Rooftop Highway

Town leaders in Colton say the north country is putting too much emphasis on a so-called Rooftop Highway, and not enough on short term economic development projects. The highway idea, which some have dubbed I-98, is to build a four lane interstate from Watertown around to Plattsburgh.

Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald says there are many ways to boost the region's economy.  Go to full article
[BDC] is not doing enough about luring businesses into this community.

'Rooftop highway' boosters eyed for cuts

The not-for-profit that has spearheaded the push for an Interstate highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh is under fire. Massena's mayor says the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena hasn't been audited in 8 years and isn't doing enough to create jobs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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