continued “It would take something like another $25 million, and it would take over the town’s entire capital plan,” he said.
Clarkson said town officials have been in on-going conversations with the DOT to come up with a solution to the problem, but nothing has been established yet.
“The roads need to be repaved, and I hope they will do it within the next few years,” he said. “Ideally, they should be re-built ... there should be no roads left in that condition.”
Bryan Viggiani, a spokesman for the Capital Region office of the state DOT, said he did not know when those roads were last fully paved but that state officials are aware of the issue.
“Depending on funding coming through, we’re looking to get out there within the next few years,” he said.
In the spring, state maintenance crews are expected to return to repair the patches using hot mix.
Meredith agreed with the supervisor that a full replacement will be necessary if the roads are left uncared for too much longer, and it will be costly.
“I know that doesn’t make the concerns go away, but we don’t really have any option as a town,” said Meredith. “I wish we could do it ourselves, but we can’t.”
To report a pothole on a town road, residents can visit the Town of Bethlehem website and click the “report a concern” tab. For potholes on state roads, residents can call 1-800-pothole.