The state is finally paving one of the roughest roadways in the Rochester area.
Tuesday, the New York State DOT announced construction has begun on the Lake Ontario State Parkway.
The DOT says the $5.2 million project will pave 30 miles of the parkway between Route 19 in Hamlin and Route 237 in Kendall.
In recent years, the rough stretch of road has drawn the ire of drivers and lawmakers who said the parkway was deteriorated and dangerous. In 2016, Assemblyman Steve Hawley collected signatures from hundreds of residents demanding the roadway be repaired.
In a statement, provided by the DOT, Hawley said, “This scenic byway is crucial to local tourism, travel and recreation as a main artery through Western New York that hosts numerous campers, travelers and fisherman. I am proud to be a part of this project’s success, and I look forward to smoother and safer travel in the near future.”
Last year, a DOT project fixed part of the parkway, but ignored the roughest sections in Orleans County.
“This significant rehabilitation work along Lake Ontario will enhance safety and make it easier for the traveling public to utilize this asset in the summer months and beyond,” writes Acting Commissioner Paul Karas in a statement.
Officials say the parkway will remain open during the project. Milling and shoulder work on the roadway is expected to start next Monday.