County planners want four-lane Route 12

NORWICH – He said he may be called “radical,” but Chenango County Planning Board member Bruce Beadle said he would like to see state Route 12 leading into Norwich packed solid with tractors, trucks and cars when state transportation officials drive here for a public hearing next week.

“The key word out there, it seems, is forget about Chenango County because they don’t make enough noise,” Beadle said at a meeting of the board Tuesday morning. The Norwich real estate agent said he and other public officials had been pushing for 20 years to improve transportation along the Chenango River corridor to Norwich.

“We’ve had our chance in the past,” said Beadle. “We were passed over for 81 going through Norwich and then Interstate 88. We shouldn’t sit back and see what they’ll give us. We need to put pressure on our legislators. You can’t get to Norwich. We shouldn’t have to accept the answer that it costs too much to build a four-lane highway.”

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