The condition of State Route 28 throughout the Town of Shandaken is a danger to public safety. Except for a two mile section at the eastern entrance to Town in Mount Tremper, Route 28 has not been paved for over 20 years. The section of road from the Mount Tremper bridge to Route 42 is in such a state of disrepair, it is impossible in some sections not to veer into the on-coming traffic or onto the shoulder. Though it is a Department of Transportation "designated bike path", the shoulder has missing pavement for most of the roadway and is unsafe for those on bicycles. In addition to Town officials and County officials, the Village of Fleischmans, the Village of Margaretville, the Town of Andes, the Town of Olive, and the Town of Middletown representing the Central Catskills Collaborative, along with the Town of Shandaken, have contacted State officials numerous times to urge the repair of the entire road. We, the undersigned, believe the stretch of Route 28 running through the Town of Shandaken is dangerous and unless the State acts to repair the deteriorated pavement, lives could be lost. As Shandaken depends on year-round tourism, it is imperative for the safety of travelers and for the attractiveness of our Town, for Route 28 be in good repair. We urge Governor David Patterson and Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee to act quickly to add this project to the capital list for 2009/2010 to repair and repave this entire section of Route 28.
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