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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
Route 11, Main St. in Canton, looks more like a sand pit than a village street these days. Photo: David Sommerstein
Route 11, Main St. in Canton, looks more like a sand pit than a village street these days. Photo: David Sommerstein

Rt.11 construction gets high grades in Canton (so far)

Workers are three months into what they call "a total reconstruction" of the village of Canton's Main Street. One of the North Country's main east-west corridors, Route 11, is being detoured onto side streets.

Downtown is hot, dusty, and congested. And there's no shade because all the historic maple trees had to be torn down.

Yet despite the inconvenience, the mess, and past run-ins with state transportation officials, residents and business owners are taking the disruption in stride.  Go to full article
Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco up on their rooftop garden.
Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco up on their rooftop garden.

Taking the backyard garden to new heights

A Potsdam couple is growing flowers and vegetables in a garden on the roof of a storage building on their property. The thin-shelled concrete roof includes a thick layer of mulch that supports an ornamental and vegetable garden. The funky Asian-style structure with its turf top looks like something from Hobbiton or Hogwarts. The owners could have installed a garden plot in the nearby hayfield, but found the "green" roof an easier option.

Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco are offering tours, by reservation, of their rooftop garden on Saturday. Todd Moe followed the couple up metal steps to the roof for a stroll through their garden-with-a-view.

You can reserve a spot on the roof garden tour by calling 315-347-4223, or email: SustLivingProject@gmail.com  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

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