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Jefferson County plans to invest $5 million next year in various highway improvements, such as improving at-grade intersections.

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  • "This is a combination of continuing projects, several which are underway," said Robert F Hagemann III. "Rarely does a particular road get accomplished within one year, unless it's just a few miles."
  • "In addition to those developments, our company is also doing a project in Henderson, County Route 123, and County Route 178," said Mr. Hagemann.

Approximately $3 million will come from the county’s normal budget process, while a yet-to make-approved bundle of projects is funded by the county’s $21 million total American Rescue Plan Act money, to the tune of about $1.9 million.

Next year is going to be a busier than usual for the Jefferson County Highway Department. The work they’re expecting to do doubles what they did last year.

With the help of a number of factors, we’re expecting that the county will spend nearly $5 million on road and bridge maintenance in 2023. This includes rebuilding roads, repairing bridges, fixing potholes, maintaining culverts, and other smaller projects.

“This is a combination of continuing projects, several which are underway,” said Robert F Hagemann III. “Rarely does a particular road get accomplished within one year, unless it’s just a few miles.”

The ongoing projects include County Route 69, also known as Lowville Road in Adams, and County Route 95 in the towns of Lorraine, Worth and Rodman. Each project will cost about $300,000.

$200,000 is set to be spent on repairing guide rails throughout Cumberland County, where they’re needed the most. Another $100,000 is being earmarked for fixing county-wide paving problems. The money will go towards patching and pothole filling.

“In addition to those developments, our company is also doing a project in Henderson, County Route 123, and County Route 178,” said Mr. Hagemann.

In 2019, it’s estimated that you’ll spend $768,000 in Route 123 and $102,750 in Route 178.

Beyond the projects we fund with our typical budget, we plan to start taking on additional highway repairs in March 2020.

“We anticipate ARPA will cost about $1.9 million for culverts and roads,” he said. “So it’s not on the books yet.”

Because the county has planned so much work this year, they will have a lot more to do with the regular workload. Mr. Hagemann said the county usually works closely with town highway departments near projects they take on during the year and that those partnerships should help them get everything accomplished.

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