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Posted on: December 14, 2023

RENSSELAER COUNTY PAVES 50 MILES OF ROADS IN 2023

RENSSELAER COUNTY PAVES 50 MILES OF ROADS IN 2023, CONTINUING MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN IMPROVING COUNTY ROAD NETWORK, COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES

COUNTY HAS PAVED 255 MILES OF COUNTY ROADS DURING PAST SIX YEARS, MCLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES

Rensselaer County continues to set records for paving and improvement of county roads, with 50 miles of county roads paved during 2023, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced today. 

The 50 miles of county roads paved in 2023 mean the county has paved 255 miles during McLaughlin’s six years as County Executive. The county road network includes 330 miles.

“A quality county road network is one of the most important services we provide residents and ensures safe and convenient travel. Good roads also help attract new investment and support the businesses in operation here in our county,” said McLaughlin.

“We promised to make county roads a priority and the numbers of road miles paved demonstrate that commitment. We look forward to doing more in the coming years and paving every mile of the road network,” added McLaughlin.

The county has set new records for the paving of roads despite a two-year pandemic, and major weather events, including flooding in summer 2021 that destroyed the bridge and sections of County Route 42 (Taborton Road) in Sand Lake. The bridge was reopened earlier this month.

Along with paving the 255 miles during the past six years, the county has also invested in shared services road improvement projects with local municipalities. The county joined with towns to accomplish 15 miles of paving on town roads in the county.

That 15 miles is part of 40 miles of shared services paving during the past six years. The county has joined with the towns of East Greenbush, Poestenkill, Schodack, Stephentown, Brunswick and Berlin. In return, towns have pitched in one county road paving projects.

“We have partnered with local governments across the county because we recognize better roads are better for all motorists and residents, whether the roads are county, town or village,” said McLaughlin.

Legislators have supported calls by McLaughlin for funding for road improvements and welcomed the news of the 50 mile mark in paving during 2023. 

“Our highway department does an outstanding job on our county roads, and the impressive amount of roads that have been paved are just another example. Smooth roads are safe roads and our residents can see and feel the difference,” said Majority Leader Ken Herrington.

“This year we saw a lot of roads paved in the Schodack area, and residents certainly noticed and appreciated it. The Legislature is happy to have supported paving a historic amount of roads in such a short period of time,” added Legislator Tom Choquette.

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