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Archive for March 3rd, 2018

Rt 376 Pavement Deterioration

The pavement along Rt 376 between markers 1111 and 1108 has deteriorated into deep chasms, potholes, and fissures.

The linear disintegration south of marker 1111 seems to follow an underlying concrete joint. The shoulder has deep, tire-trapping fissures, forcing cyclists far out into the travel lane along a narrow and curved part of Rt 376:

Rt 376 SB deterioration - S of marker 1111 - 2018-02-20

Rt 376 SB deterioration – S of marker 1111 – 2018-02-20

The hole at address 2181 (across from Paula’s House / GastroPub) was previously patched, but recent weather has excavated it nearly a foot deep. The shoulder has also deteriorated, again forcing cyclists into the travel lane:

Rt 376 SB deterioration - at 2181 driveway - 2018-02-20

Rt 376 SB deterioration – at 2181 driveway – 2018-02-20

The previous patches along the inside of the curve just north of Heathbrook Drive (south of marker 1108) have disintegrated. There’s no shoulder at all along that section and the fissures in the travel lane force cyclists into the lane along a blind curve:

Rt 376 NB deterioration - S of marker 1108 - 2018-02-20

Rt 376 NB deterioration – S of marker 1108 – 2018-02-20

This section of NYS Bicycle Route 9 poses an immediate danger to both cyclists and motorists, so I reported all these to NYS DOT and, a day later, a crew traveled along Rt 376 shoveling cold patch into many of the holes and flattening the lumps more-or-less parallel to the road surface: it’s now driveable, if still a hazard for bicycle traffic.

Hope springs eternal; after all, they did repave Rt 376 around Red Oaks Mill.

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