Rockland County will spend $4.8 million this year to repair its battered roads.
As part of its largest paving and resurfacing program in its history, the county highway department will work on some 20 miles of its most beat-up and potholed roads. It includes major roadwork projects that were delayed last fall due to Superstorm Sandy.
“If we had gotten to do our paving last year, it might not have been so bad,” Rockland County Highway Superintendent Charles “Skip” Vezzetti told The Journal News, noting the past winter’s freeze-thaw cycle made the situation worse. “We’re finally getting the opportunity to catch up.”
There are three broad categories of work planned or already underway: overlays, microsurfacing and chip sealing.
With overlays, crews peel off two inches of asphalt and then lay down a new layer of hot asphalt. All of the work will be completed by May.
Paving has begun on Middletown Road in Nanuet, and milling is being done on South Little Tor in New City. The county says Airmont Road between Dunnigan Drive and Montebello Road will be done at night, with the schedule to be determined after consulting with the state Thruway Authority.
Here are the road set to receive resurfacing:
- Middletown Road (Route 59 to Smith)
- Little Tor Road (W. Clarkstown to Milich Lane)
- Eckerson Road (Route 45 to W. Clarkstown Road)
- New City – Congers Road (Rte 304 to Brewery)
- Townline Road (Ehrhardt to Sickletown)
- Sanatorium Road (Rte 45 to Summit Park Road)
- Sterling Mine Road (Arcadia to Rte 17)
- Pomona Road (Rte 306 to Rte 45)
- Airmont Road (Dunnigan to Montebello)
- Strawtown (Demerest to Germonds)
- West Clarkstown (New Clarkstown to Red Hill Rd)
- New Hempstead Road (Rte 45 to Summit Park)
Microsurfacing involves injecting a thick slurry of stone, cement and emulsified asphalt on top of problem areas that have been treated with hot asphalt. All of the roads below will be finished by the second week of July, the county says.
- Old Nyack Turnpike (Pascack Road to end)
- Hammond Road (Suffern Lane to Willow Grove)
- Washington Street (Main Street to Dederer)
- S. Monsey Road (Saddle River to Christmas Hill)
- College Road (Rte 59 to Highview)
- Cherry Lane (Christmas Hill to Rte 59)
- Airmont Road (NJ line to Route 59)
- Washburns Lane (Central Hwy to Rte 9W)
- Tomkins Ave (Rte 9W to Beach Rd)
- Strawtown (Germonds to 235 Strawtown)
- Central Highway (S. Mtn Rd to Town border)
- Sickletown Road (Townline to W. Nyack Rd)
Chip sealing is usually used on older roads that don’t see as much traffic. It involves stripping at least two inches from the top of the road, mixing that material with fine stone and hot asphalt cement and putting it back down on the road. The work is expected to be completed by mid-June.
- Strawtown Road (235 Strawtown to Westerly)
- Gilbert Ave (Veterans Mem to Sickletown)
- Old Mountain Road (South Blvd to Rte 9W)
- Viola Road (Galbraith to Forshay)
- Wilder Road (Lime Kiln to Rte 202)
- Green Road (Sickletown to Western Hwy)
- River Road
- Greenbush Rd (Clausland Mtn to Rte 303)
- Greenbush Rd (Bradley Pkwy to Rte 303)
- Viola Road (Spook Rock to Galbraith)
- Spook Rock Road (Grandview to Spook Rock)
- Spook Rock Road (Highview to Grandview)
- Spook Rock Road (Lime Kiln to Grandview)
- Johnsontown Road
- Reservoir Road (Rte 210 to W. Main Street)
- West Main St (Wayne Ave to Rte 9W)
Photos: A work crew prepares a section of South Little Tor Road in New City on Wednesday in preparation for resurfacing. ( Joe Larese/The Journal News )