WAVERLY — A seven-mile stretch of Route 458 from St. Regis Falls to Santa Clara may get some attention from the State Department of Transportation.A letter sent from the Waverly Town Council and supported by a resolution from the Franklin County Board of Legislature urges the state to make repairs on Route 458 a priority.Describing that portion of the road "in a very serious degraded condition" with deep ditches and little or no roadside shoulders, the Town Council says there is no safe right-of-way along the highway."The town is concerned that a majority of the road has a concrete base, and a heave in the pavement may occur in any season," the resolution states.The heave could cause drivers on the heavily traveled road to pull into the opposite lane to avoid the bump, endangering not only themselves but drivers approaching from the other side.Legislator Raymond Susice, the Democrat who represents that region, said two vehicles recently slammed into piles of rocks when they went off the side of the road and into the ditch."It's really not safe," he said of the roadway, which is a main thoroughfare for travelers to get from northern Franklin and St. Lawrence counties to the Tri-Lakes region.Michael Flick, public-information officer for the regional DOT office in Watertown, said he could not go into detail but that Waverly Town Supervisor Michael Bailey will receive a letter of response shortly."There will be conversations with the town over their concerns with the highway conditions," Flick said.He said that when the agency conducted its annual review of road conditions and suggested pavement improvements within its coverage area, Route 458 was already identified as one highway needing attention.But just what work will be done and when it will take place will be part of the discussions between DOT and town officials, Flick said.
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