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County Presents Route 64 Project

Written By: Joe Melillo

County Route 64 widening project will not only unclog the roadway by one of the busiest areas in the county but also make the road much safer for drivers.

County Presents Route 64 Project
 

September 25, 2012

Chemung County (WENY) - County Route 64 widening project will not only unclog the roadway by one of the busiest areas in the county, but also make the road much safer for drivers. Leaders say the public is embracing plans to widen Route 64 in Big Flats and Horseheads. The project would make the busy roadway, which runs right past Consumer Square, a lot less dangerous for drivers. Tonight those leaders wanted to hear from the community before putting the project out to bid. The roadway will go from two lanes to four lanes over a mile-long stretch. County leaders want to push this project through as fast as possible, to make the busy roadway as safe as possible. The design by the Fisher Associates, an Engineering Firm out of Rochester was at the Arnot Mall to present it's plans to the public. The project should take one season or about four to six months to complete. Route 64 won't need to close and there will always be at least one lane of traffic moving in each direction. The county will be paying for this project with it's own funds. Federal funds were available, but it that could have taken up to four years to get the money. The Chemung County Public Works Commissioner, Andy Avery says right now if the design of the project stays as is, it could cost anywhere between two to three million dollars.

      “You have a four lane section going to a two lane section, drivers will speed pass other drivers to try and cut in at a high speed,” says Avery. “We want to prevent that and create a safe corridor and efficient corridor. It's a very important commercial corridor so the last thing you want to do is clog it up.”

     The project bid should be picked by early next year, and if all goes to plan construction will start in the spring.