Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R/C-Goldens Bridge) met with New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) County brass on Thursday in hopes of speeding up the agency’s repair of state roads in the area.
The meeting, held at the office of State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), also included New Castle Supervisor Barbara Gerrard and other town officials. Potholes hit New Castle especially hard this winter, particularly on state routes 117, 133 and 134.
Castelli said he asked for re-pavement of the roads in his district but was advised that DOT is at the end of its two-year capital plan and is formulating a new plan now. Currently, there is no permanent resurfacing budgeted for Routes 117, 133, and 134, but Castelli said he hopes that this will be addressed as the new capital plan is devised.
“These conditions have been more than annoying, they have become safety hazards,” Castelli said. “I am thankful that the hardworking men and women of DOT have been addressing them recently, and remain optimistic that a permanent solution will soon be reached.”
DOT has confirmed that work on the stretch of Route 120 from the I-684 bridge up to American Lane is scheduled to begin within the next six weeks, he said.
The DOT Maintenance Department is searching for funds to resurface Route 22 from North White Plains up to Route 120 using its own resources. The only other resurfacing to take place within Castelli’s district is a stretch of the Taconic Parkway in New Castle that is to be awarded later this year and a stretch on Route 121 in Lewisboro that should be awarded next year.
Motorists may alert DOT of potholes at 1-800-POT-HOLE.