Roadwork begins on Taconic Parkway
Bill Williams is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media motorists using the Taconic State Parkway, between Philmont and the Berkshire Connector, will have roadwork to contend with through the month of June. The extensive $11.5 million paving project will impact travelers in Columbia County, said Heather Pillsworth, public information officer for New York State Department of Transportation, Zone 8. The paving was scheduled to begin this week and will encompass more than 14 miles in both directions, between Exit 91 in Philmont and the Berkshire Connector of the New York State Thruway in Chatham, Pillsworth said. The roadwork will pass through parts of the towns of Claverack, Ghent and Chatham. One northbound and southbound lane is expected to be closed Monday through Fridays from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., Pillsworth said. The construction is expected to be completed June 30. The project is one of the largest scheduled to take place in Columbia County this year. It will improve the quality of the pavement and increase its longevity, while maintaining safety attributes associated with roadway surfaces, Pillsworth said. Some areas throughout the work zone will be controlled by flaggers. Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones; fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Up-to-date roadwork and travel information is available by calling 511. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.