Work continues on Miami Avenue in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM – Despite assurances from Montgomery County that Miami Avenue between Route 30 and Midline Road in the town of Amsterdam would be open by the start of school, the road still bears closed signs and construction work continues.

County Legislator Robert Purtell, who represents District 9 where the construction is located, said Tuesday the work is progressing, but was held up at the state level because of issues with the contractors and contracts.

“Since the monies for the repair were state funds, the state had the final say on the contracts,” said Purtell.

Purtell has been keeping his constituents up to date on the progress of the construction by way of the Montgomery County District 9’s Facebook page with a blow-by-blow description as the work progresses.

His most recent post of Sept. 21, said “The last of the [old] culvert pipe has been removed, the [No.] 8 culvert pipe has been installed. [No.] 9 (my favorite number) will be installed ahead of schedule by noon tomorrow. The next step is backfilling with [No.] 1 stone, 3 feet on each side and 4 feet on top. This should probably be completed by the end of business [Sept. 23].”

Purtell said he hoped that the project would be completed by the end of the month.

The highly traveled road collapsed last March rendering the street unusable. The collapse of the 40-year-old culvert has meant the rerouting of traffic around that street to Wallins Corners Road or, conversely, down into the city of Amsterdam and back up to Route 30 by way of Market Street.

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