Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort, Public Works Commissioner Paul Clayburn, county & town officials will be available at Miami Avenue, in the town of Amsterdam, on Friday, at 10 a.m., to discuss the road closure and provide an update for the public.
The county is aggressively pushing for a resolution to replace the 190-foot long galvanized steel culvert pipe underneath Miami Avenue. County officials are looking at various options to expedite environmental review and construction by incorporating the project into the NY Rising Storm Recovery plan or should those efforts fail an alternate source of funding will need to be identified.
Early estimates from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery indicate a cost of approximately $600,000, depending upon approvals, and a timeframe of about six months. The county is currently working with the Office of Storm Recovery on the replacements of 11 culverts and this would be an additional project under this program.
The county closed a portion of Miami Avenue, back on March 18, following an inspection by an engineering firm. Due to the condition of the roadway, the Department of Public Works requested that an inspection be done on the road. The inspection showed that sections of the culvert pipe had partially collapsed, causing a dangerous dip in the roadway. The engineering firm recommended that the street be closed to prevent any further collapse.
Since the road closure, the engineer working on the other 11 projects has performed a field survey, preliminary mapping and contacted the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding permitting.