ELIZABETHTOWN — The section of Route 9 that was temporarily closed between Roaring Brook Lane and Simonds Hill Road in the hamlet of New Russia was reoppened in the early morning hours on Wednesday, according to Bryan Viggiani, a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Transportation.
The road was closed for what was described in a NYS DOT press release as an indefinite peroiod of time due to a failed culvert. The structure was built in 1911.
“They’ve replaced the old culvert with a new one and we’ve reopened the road,” Viggiani said.
The closure was approximately six miles north of the intersection — known locally as “malfunction junction” — of Route 9 and Route 73 in Elizabethtown, near Exit 30 of the Adirondack Northway.
An average of 677 motor vehicles use this stretch of Route 9 daily, according to the NYS DOT.
A detour was posted that sent motorists on Route 73 to Route 9N southeast of the Keene hamlet to Route 9 in the Elizabethtown hamlet. Access to properties and side streets up to the closure point were maintained.
Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew said the area’s business community would benefit from the reopening. “We’re elated,” he said. “We’re glad the DOT was able to expedite the repairs and construction in such a timely manner.”
Santina Cross, owner of the Halfway House, a nearby restaurant, was happy the road had reopened. “Because I had no business for five days,” she said. Speaking on the morning of Monday, June 11, Cross said she had been assured the previous week by the NYS DOT the road would be open that day.