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Good Question: When will Quaker Road reopen?

September 24, 2018 08:31 AM

A lot of people want to know what's going on with a local road that's been shut down to traffic for years.

They asked Pat Taney to look into it for this week's Good Question report.

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"We realize It causes problems for people," said Macedon Deputy Town Supervisor Paul Kenyon.

He's talking about a portion of Quaker Road, on the Macedon-Perinton town line. It's been closed to traffic for two years. 

It's closed so Waste Management, which runs a landfill in this area, can haul dirt as crews work to build a new cell at the landfill to hold waste.

"They're talking about millions of tons of dirt," Kenyon said.

The landfill has been a sore topic in these parts, mainly for the stench, which Waste Management officials have said they are working to correct.

This road closure is another headache for some.

The Town of Macedon made the decision to close it. The town gets about $1 million per year based on an agreement with the landfill.

Kenyon said that money helps taxpayers, but some of those taxpayers still have questions.

Pat Taney: Why are we accommodating a private industry on a taxpayer-funded road? 

Paul Kenyon: Well, we reviewed it. We did several traffic studies and found that the detour was only about a mile. We realized it may be an inconvenience for some folks but according to traffic studies, it wasn't a lot of folks.

Taney: The goal was to have this shutdown for seven years. How long has this been shut down? 

Kenyon: Two years.

Taney: So we possibly have five more years to go?

Kenyon: I doubt it. I think the traffic, as far as construction work, has diminished.

That means fewer work trucks are crossing which could allow traffic to reopen. 

Kenyon said his highway superintendent could make a decision to open it soon.

"The current agreement is January to December so probably in November, he'll be reviewing that and make a decision to reopen it," Kenyon said.

News10NBC also wanted to know about the condition of the road after years of heavy trucks using it. 

Kenyon said any damage to the road will be fixed at no cost to taxpayers. Waste Management is on the hook for paying to make sure the road is back up to par.

If you have a question you'd like Pat to answer, send him an email at GoodQuestion@whec.com

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