July 26, 2018 08:06 PM
The News10NBC Investigative Team is asking questions about East Avenue.
If you drive down that street in Brighton and Pittsford then you know you have to slow down to handle the potholes.
The state DOT's traffic count website records up to 15,000 cars and trucks that take that length of East Ave. everyday.
News10NBC asked the state: "when are you going to fix it?"
On Thursday, News10NBC learned delays in the bidding process is pushing the major repair to spring 2019.
News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean got into the convertible of Bill Goldman Thursday. They drove down East Avenue in Brighton, a street he grew up on and takes everyday. He says part of the appeal is enjoying the view.
"You're just distracted from doing so by the condition of the road," Goldman said.
On East Avenue, just past the Midtown Athletic Club, they hit a line of potholes so severe that Goldman had to slow his car down.
"You've got to slow your car down to maybe five to 10 miles per hour at the most," he said. "It's atrocious to allow this road to deteriorate to such a condition."
Jordan Guerrein, NYS DOT spokesman: "People can expect to have work done here on East Avenue hopefully by September."
Jordan Guerrin is a public information officer for the NYS Department of Transportation. What he's talking about in September is re-lining East Ave., reducing it from four lanes to two lanes with a turn lane in the middle and bike lanes on the side. (If you've driven St. Paul Boulevard in Irondequoit, that's what you can expect.)
That redesign, or as the state calls it a "road diet," reduces speed and accidents. The redesigns are happening on busy roads across the state.
But the bidding process to make major repairs didn't start until June. The contractor won't be picked until August.
The state DOT says that pushes the major repair to next spring.
Jordan Guerrein, NYS DOT spokesman: "We're going to continue to pay attention to the roadway along East Avenue, the conditions of the road and we're going to be performing maintenance throughout the year to get it ready not only for the project and repaving next spring but through the winter as well."
News10NBC did notice that a lot of potholes were filled Thursday. The stretch that forced Goldman to slow down will be filled within the next two weeks.
When the DOT starts changing the lanes in the fall, News10NBC will be there to show you what it looks like.
Updated: July 26, 2018 08:06 PM
Created: July 26, 2018 07:57 PM
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