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Route 11 passing through Potsdam. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/6829140195/s">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Route 11 passing through Potsdam. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DOT chief throws cold water on rooftop highway

Speaking after a budget hearing in Albany yesterday, state Department of Transportation commissioner Joan McDonald threw cold water on the idea of an Interstate linking Watertown and Plattsburgh across the North Country. "My guess is that we probably wouldn't do the highway," McDonald told New York Now. "But I want to take a look one more time."

McDonald said two separate studies in the last decade have concluded the corridor along Route 11 through St. Lawrence and Franklin counties didn't have enough traffic to merit a divided highway.  Go to full article
The Rt. 11 corridor
The Rt. 11 corridor

DOT to determine scope of rooftop highway study

State transportation officials say they've yet to determine what kind of highway study they're going to do in the North Country. But they confirm $2.5 million has been allocated to analyze the Route 11 corridor. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Rooftop highway study details still foggy

Tuesday, Governor Cuomo made yet another mention of Route 98, aka the rooftop highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh. But he didn't clear up confusion about what he means.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Cuomo's savvy "rooftop highway" reference

Last week in his State of the State message, Governor Andrew Cuomo surprised pretty much everyone when he made specific reference to Interstate 98 - the name used these days to talk about a "rooftop highway" between Watertown and Plattsburgh.

Here's all 16 seconds of what Cuomo said: "In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel times and speed up commerce. Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and see if we can make this project happen."

North Country officials--almost all of them supporters of the rooftop highway idea--cheered Cuomo's remarks.

But interestingly, so did opponents of the Interstate.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Did Cuomo support the 'rooftop highway'?

Update, 1/10/14: We have received confirmation from Gov. Cuomo's office: The North Country transportation study in in the State of the State address is for a Canton-Potsdam bypass - NOT a I-98 Interstate / rooftop highway.

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In his State of the State message Wednesday, Governor Cuomo spent an unexpected 16 seconds seemingly stumping for a North Country transportation upgrade that's been talked about for half a century.

Cuomo said this about the so-called 'rooftop highway' between Watertown and Plattsburgh - more recently known as 'I-98': "In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel times and speed up commerce,"Cuomo said. "Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and see if we can make this project happen."

But language in the detailed report for the Governor's agenda suggests a more modest picture. As David Sommerstein reports, the study may actually be about a bypass for the Canton-Potsdam area.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2002 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2002 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Farm bureau opposes "rooftop highway"

The group that's pushing for an Interstate to be built from Watertown to Plattsburgh has collected hundreds of local endorsements.

But it just lost an influential one. The New York Farm Bureau passed a resolution earlier in December, opposing the so-called "rooftop highway".  Go to full article
The future I-781 Fort Drum connector road under construction in 2011. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/">Doug Kerr</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The future I-781 Fort Drum connector road under construction in 2011. Photo: Doug Kerr, CC some rights reserved

I-781 to Fort Drum opens

The new road connecting Interstate 81 with Fort Drum's north gate on Route 11 opens today. It's designed to take traffic off the growing commercial areas outside the Army base.  Go to full article

Funds some hoped would be used for new rooftop highway will instead go to Route 11 improvements

Proponents of a new rooftop highway in the state are angry after an announcement by the state Department of Transportation this week that the agency will use $6.3 million in federal money earmarked as part of the 2005 federal highway bill for improvements along Route 11. The I-98 supporters thought the money was supposed to be used for planning studies for the new highway. But the DOT says the language in the legislation allows the money to be used for Route 11 instead. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

Colton supervisor says too much emphasis on Rooftop Highway

Town leaders in Colton say the north country is putting too much emphasis on a so-called Rooftop Highway, and not enough on short term economic development projects. The highway idea, which some have dubbed I-98, is to build a four lane interstate from Watertown around to Plattsburgh.

Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald says there are many ways to boost the region's economy.  Go to full article
...Comment via the website, that's really what folks need to do.

Regional Economic Development Council puts draft plan online

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has posted a draft of its strategic plan--and it includes supporting controversial long term federal projects such as the Rooftop Highway.

It also sets out seven visions for the North Country including: the construction of growth in the aerospace, defense, biotech and other industries; increasing the region's profile as a special destination to visit, live, work and study; creating the greenest economy in the state; and starting an agriculture revolution.

The North Country Council is one of ten around New York created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to compete for millions of dollars in state funding. Garry Douglas is co-chair. He says the draft plan was created after a series of public hearings. Before submitting the final proposal to Albany, he wants people to review the plan online.

"Because there's not time between now and November 14 to go out and do another whole round of hearings. So it's going to be website dependent. People that have interest go there, look at them, and then comment via the website. That's really what folks need to do."

The website is North Country Open For Business - dot - com.  Go to full article

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