PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State's Student Association is voicing its support for improving phone service along the Northway.Citing the horrific accident on Jan. 25, the Feb. 14 tragedy that claimed a stranded trucker's life and other accidents along Interstate 87's Adirondack Park region, the Student Association passed a resolution calling for improved phone service.The Student Association stated that "it is the responsibility of the New York state government to ensure the safety of all motorists in the Northeast, and these changes can be done without damage of the Adirondack Park beauty and will help save future lives."The resolution reads: "The Plattsburgh State Student Association urges the New York state government and the New York Adirondack (Park) Agency to look into better cell-phone services throughout Interstate 87."The Student Association forwarded the resolution to Sen. Betty Little, Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward and Janet Duprey and Gov. Eliot Spitzer.Many Plattsburgh State students travel the Northway going to and from school, which prompted the resolution.— By Staff Writer Stephen Bartlett
KEESEVILLE — The New York State Department of Transportation is starting a project to replace the bridge carrying Route 9 over the Ausable River in Keeseville.The contract for the project went to Tioga Construction Co. Inc. of Herkimer for $2.5 million.Work will extend from the intersection of Route 9 with Spring Street to Pleasant Street, a distance of about 3,000 feet.The existing concrete superstructure will be replaced with a steel, multi-girder superstructure. Minor abutment and pier work will be required in order to place the steel girders.A new concrete deck will be poured on the bridge, and new concrete slabs and rehabilitated asphalt will provide a smooth transition for motorists approaching the bridge.The project will include a new sidewalk on one side of the roadway, an updated guide rail and new lighting on the structure.Construction has started, with one-way alternating travel.Project completion is anticipated by October 2007.
PERU — A new season for the official state bird, the eastern bluebird, has begun.It is not unusual to see the colorful males here in the north at this time of year as they begin to scout for nesting sites and to look for mates to start raising their families.More information will be available at a free bluebird workshop at the Peru Free Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.A nest-box building session will follow; those interested should bring a hammer and $10.