Despite unusually wet weather, work is progressing on the Grover Hills road project. The Moriah highway department is tearing up Champlain Drive and Federal Street in Grover Hills and rebuilding the roadways.
Despite unusually wet weather, work is progressing on the Grover Hills road project.
The Moriah highway department is tearing up Champlain Drive and Federal Street in Grover Hills and rebuilding the roadways.
“The fact is those roads are terrible and have been for some time,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “We just have to do this.”
Jamie Wilson, town highway superintendent, agrees.
“I was talking to a gentlemen who said he was going to buy a new car as soon as we’re done,” Wilson said. “He refused to buy a car if he was going to have to drive it on those streets.”
Grover Hills is less than a square mile, but it has more than 150 homes.
“It’s the most-densely populated area in the Adirondack Park,” Scozzafava said. “We have 42 miles of (town) highway, and a lot of them need work, but Grover Hills has to be done.”
The problems in Grover Hills go back to its construction as a housing development in the 1940s. It’s roads were built of concrete. Over time the concrete cracked, allowing water to seep in and freeze.
Moriah completed a major infrastructure project in Grover Hills 15 years ago, replacing water and sewer lines, storm drains and sidewalks. The concrete roads were cut and patched to allow the infrastructure work.
In an attempt to save money, black top was placed over the existing concrete roads when the project was complete.
“Money was tight, we just couldn’t afford it,” Scozzafava said of the decision to black top over the concrete instead of removing it. “Hindsight is 20-20. We should have removed the concrete and rebuilt the roads.”
That’s what the Moriah highway department is doing now. The concrete is being removed. New material is being brought in to build the roads and black top will be applied.
“We just have to do it,” Wilson said. “The roads were terrible, especially the frost heaves in the spring. All the cuts and cracks in the concrete over the years made for a real problem.”
Using town material and labor the project will cost Moriah about $150,000.
“It’s a heavily populated area and those people pay taxes like everyone else,” Scozzafava said of Grover Hills. “They’ve put up with these roads for years. They deserve decent roads.”
Because the Grover Hills project is a priority, Wilson is asking other Moriah residents to be patient.
“We still have a lot of work to do in the rest of the town,” he said. “We have roadside maintenance, sidewalks, brush clearing, a lot to do. We’ll get to all of it as best we can.”