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Kenwood Avenue will get a new surface

Infusion of state money to fix one of Bethlehem’s pothole-plagued roadways

— Bethlehem’s pothole problems along one particularly bumpy stretch will soon be fixed following an influx of cash from the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $36 million in additional funds for resurfacing projects throughout New York. The only project to receive money within the Capital District was to resurface a portion of Kenwood Avenue.

“Anecdotally, I can say we got a lot of calls this winter on the condition of Kenwood Avenue,” said state Department of Transportation Spokesman Bryan Viggiani. “It’s no secret that the road needs work, and we’re well aware of its condition.”

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson said the town was not shy about reaching out to the DOT in regards to the pothole problems this winter. Town officials were getting multiple calls and e-mails each day about the situation, but there was little the town could do because the road is state owned. They eventually placed a notification on the town’s website and encouraged residents to call the state’s pothole hotline.

DOT workers responded numerous times and cold patched the potholes as a temporary fix.

Viggiani said the department knew of the problems on Kenwood, but there wasn’t money in their budget to repave the road.

“Receiving the funding was critical for us to get the job done,” Viggiani said.

Now, about $450,000 will be spent to resurface and repave Kenwood Avenue from the Four Corners to Cherry Avenue. The hope is for much of the work to be done at night.

“At Gov. Cuomo’s direction, we identified the most significantly damaged roads and are proceeding to utilize all available resources to make necessary repairs,” said state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald in a statement. “This work will fix the damage caused by the extreme winter weather and increase safety for the traveling public.”

Clarkson said he wished more money was available so that all of the town’s problem areas could be fixed. But the section of road between Delaware and Cherry Avenues is in such poor condition he said it’s important money was found so the repairs on Kenwood can be done quickly.

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