DOT to announce funding for route 12 upgrade project

NORWICH - County highway officials should learn sometime this week how much money the state’s transportation department will set aside for upgrading state Route 12 to a four lane highway along its 84-mile stretch from Binghamton to Utica.

The information will be made available to corporate and public members of the Route 12 Task Force, which includes state highway representatives, at a meeting June 24 at Commerce Chenango’s offices at the Eaton Center in Norwich.

“There seems to be a new push - even from NYSDOT - in regards to the Route 12 project. That’s a good sign right there,” Chenango County Department of Public Works Director Randy Gibbon said.

The task force, formed in 2000, consists of members from Chenango, Broome, Madison and Oneida counties. According to past news reports, the federal government has granted $8 million to the project since then. NYSDOT picked up the tab for consultants Barton & Loguidice PC of Syracuse to do phase studies. Phase one, finished in 2002 for $100,000, suggested $35 million worth of short-term safety-related improvements. The second phase, begun in 2002 at a cost of $250,000, will be revealed next week.

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