The Route 219 extension project was completed in November 2010 at a cost of $129 Million taxpayer dollars. But just two months later hairline cracks were found and required an extensive patching job last spring on the four mile stretch of the new roadway below Springville.
NYS DOT Spokeswoman Susan Surdej says engineers feel the heavy rains and snow of January 2011 and then a hard freeze caused water to become trapped beneath the poured concrete of the road surface and that caused the cracks.
2 On Your Side asked why the contractor on the project would not take the region's well know freeze-thaw cycle into account when working on the project. Surdej says DOT could find any problems with the contractor's workmanship. So it was determined that the state would cover the $120,000 patching and concrete reinforcement job. Surdej says they also installed more drains under the affected road surface to make sure the problem did not occur again.
Surdej says the hairline cracks are not connected in any way with the landslide and soil stability issues which plagued the construction project. She says the cracks did not appear in the area of the landslide.