Work Continues to Reduce Chance of Future Flooding
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Route 418 in the town of Thurman, Warren County, has been reopened to all traffic after ice jams on the Hudson River caused flooding on the roadway. The State Department of Transportation has mobilized a contractor to remove ice upstream of Route 418 to minimize the potential for future flooding this winter. The road had been closed since January 13, and was opened to one lane of traffic on January 24.
"While we can't stop extreme weather from occurring, we will do all we can to fight ice jams and the ensuing flooding to ensure roads can be safe for travelers across New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank the men and women who have worked through all types of weather conditions to reopen Route 418, restoring public safety and reconnecting Thurman and Warrensburg."
The contractor and state forces are working at the site to mitigate ice jam flooding in the field adjacent to Route 418, as well as repairing the roadway. Earlier this week the State Department of Transportation, in cooperation with state and local partners, cleared an estimated 40 tons of ice from the road and shoulder. A NYSDOT crew used an excavator with a digging bucket, a large dump truck and a loader to clear the road. NYSDOT crews then repaired the damaged road and shoulders to make both lanes safely passable. Engineers and personnel from the Department's materials and geotechnical offices, as well as from its maintenance residency headquartered in Warrensburg, provided support.
The section of Route 418 affected by flooding runs between River Road in Thurman, over the Thurman Station Bridge, to Hickory Hill Road in the town of Warrensburg. Traffic volumes average about 1,000 motor vehicles per day.
The New York State Department of Transportation is continuing to monitor the road and the nearby river and ice field for changing conditions. Motorists are advised that the road may close again, if conditions dictate. Motorists should drive cautiously through this area and obey posted speed limits and traffic signs and signals.
State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Our crews worked hard to quickly restore safe conditions on Route 418 and reopen the road to traffic. Governor Cuomo acted quickly to direct coordination with multiple state agencies who, along with our local partners, worked efficiently to help us ensure safety for the traveling public."
Senator Betty Little said, "Getting this critical roadway open again is a real relief for this community. Like so many, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the ice crossing the roadway. Supervisor Hyde and the residents made the most of a difficult situation. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Acting DOT Commissioner Karas and our regional director, Sam Zhou, for making this work a priority knowing how important getting this road reopened has been to this Adirondack community."
Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "I am pleased to hear that Route 418 has reopened and that life can get back to normal for the residents that live along this corridor. Public Safety for the residents has to be a priority and I commend DOT for their attention in getting this roadway reopened."
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Ron Conover said, "We appreciated Governor Cuomo's efforts to monitor the flooding and Ice Jams in the County. The State worked diligently to reopen the Route 418 bridge and provide the resources we needed to ensure the damage was mitigated."
Warrensburgh Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said, "I'm very pleased with the support the Governor's office and the Department of Transportation provided, as well as the sharing of information and open communication with local government officials."
Town of Thurman Supervisor Cynthia Hyde said, "The NYSDOT response to the flooding in our region was nothing short of remarkable. I thank the Governor and Acting Commissioner Karas for ensuring that this vital crossing was reopened in record time."
Assistance also was provided by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the State Office of Emergency Management, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Warren County Office of Emergency Services and law enforcement agencies. The Albany County Sheriff's Office provided aerial drone observations.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo deployed assessment teams to nearly 50 ice jams and flooded areas throughout upstate New York that have occurred following the drastic fluctuations in temperature and precipitation that New York has experienced over the past several weeks.