"Condition-wise, there's nothing wrong with the road," he said. "Replacing the water main would be the responsibility of the town."
Still, Longo said the road was badly damaged after traffic vibrations cause the water main to rupture earlier this month. The same pipe burst in September, forcing the town to make $125,000 worth of temporary emergency repairs, between Elizabeth Street and Tower Street.
Tommasone called the water main break a "wakeup call." He said the town would continue to look to replace old infrastructure when it can.
"Many of the lines in town are 50 years old and over time they will need to be replaced," said Tommasone.
Altamont Avenue was last reconstructed by the state in the late 1980s when it widened the road, according to Van Keuren. That project, which included the addition of a 12-foot safety median with left turn lanes at four intersections and 11-foot traffic lanes cost the state $6.7 million. ""