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Brockport's historic bridge over the Erie Canal.
Brockport's historic bridge over the Erie Canal.

State of Disrepair: Erie canal bridges (almost) falling down

This week, we're looking at New York's infrastructure in a collaboration with New York's public radio stations called "State of Disrepair." From Buffalo to New York City, reporters are taking an in-depth look at the impact of government decisions regarding New York's aging infrastructure.

Today, we look at the bridges crossing the Erie Canal. There are more than 200 of them, and 60 of those were built about century ago. Carlet Cleare takes us to a small village near Rochester,where three of these aging bridges are located.  Go to full article
The Croghan Island Mill
The Croghan Island Mill

Crumbling dam threatens historic Croghan mill

Our series on New York's aging infrastructure continues this morning with a look at a crumbling dam in Lewis County and why it threatens a community's identity and culture.

There are more than 5,000 dams in New York State. They're mostly used for flood control, to provide drinking water, for hydropower, and to create lakes and ponds for recreation.

Even dam safety officials don't know how many need repair. But they do know 50 of the most potentially hazardous ones need to be fixed or dismantled.

One of those is on the Beaver River in the village of Croghan. If it can't be fixed, it may force the closure of one of the state's last water-powered sawmills. David Sommerstein reports.  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
A packed meeting on Walmart's offer...
A packed meeting on Walmart's offer...

Residents urge Potsdam to turn down Walmart offer

Village of Potsdam residents gave their elected leaders - and Walmart - an earful last night. Walmart wants to give the village more than $150,000 a year to change its laws and extend its sewer system to a Supercenter under construction outside the village limits. More than 70 people attended a public hearing to weigh in on the proposal. As David Sommerstein reports, most were skeptical and urged trustees to turn down the offer.  Go to full article

Tupper Bans More Electric Heat

The village of Tupper Lake has imposed a five-year moratorium on new homes and buildings that use electricity for heat. The energy conservation measure comes as Tupper Lake negotiates for better power service from Niagara Mohawk. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Rooftop Highway Hearings Held Around North Country

A new transportation study recommends building an interstate corridor--dubbed the rooftop highway--from Watertown to Plattsburgh. Meetings to gather public input are being held around the North Country this week. Martha Foley talks to Arno Hart, with the consulting firm that prepared the study, for an update on the meetings.  Go to full article

North Country Transportation Study Public Comment Hearings Scheduled

Last week consultants for the North Country Transportation Study announced their findings after a year and a half of research. The study recommends an East-West highway across the North Country along Route 11. St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Franklin County leaders have been effusive in their support of the results. The so-called "rooftop highway" is what they've wanted for decades. David Sommerstein reports the areas that already have a four-lane highway see the plan as a backbone for other projects.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Leaders Praise Transportation Study

St. Lawrence County political and business leaders had nothing but praise for the results of the North Country Transportation Study. David Sommerstein reports the study's recommendation of a 4-lane highway from Watertown to Plattsburgh closely mirrors what they've been seeking for decades, but it may take almost as long to build. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Regional Transportation Study Recommends "Rooftop Highway" to Follow Route 11

A four-lane rooftop highway would be the transportation backbone needed to keep the North Country economy alive. A year-and-a-half study of transportation needs in the region between Watertown and Plattsburgh recommends a major corridor along the present Route 11. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Schools Will Have Priority for New North Fiberoptic Link

David Sommerstein reports school districts in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties will be the first customers for a fiberoptics line that will bring high speed telecommunications to the North Country.  Go to full article

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