40 Tons of Ice Cleared from the Road this Week After Flooding
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Route 418 in the town of Thurman, Warren County, has been reopened as a single, alternating lane of traffic following Hudson River flooding caused by ice jams. The State Department of Transportation, in cooperation with state and local partners, has cleared an estimated 40 tons of ice from the road and shoulder since Monday. The road had been closed since January 13.
"State and local officials have been working around the clock to reopen this roadway, making necessary repairs to ensure service is restored and the road is safe for travelers," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank the men and women who have worked throughout the week during these terrible weather conditions, and all of our first responders, for their continuous assistance in helping reopen Route 418 in Warren County."
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.
Starting tomorrow, DOT road crews will begin repairing damage on the roadway and embankment incurred by the flooding. A single, alternating lane of traffic controlled by traffic signals remains in effect until the roads are determined safe for regular traffic. DOT 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.
A six-person NYSDOT crew used an excavator with a digging bucket, a large dump truck and a loader to clear the roadway. Engineers and personnel from the Department's materials and geotechnical offices, as well as from its residency headquartered in Warrensburg, provided support.
State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Our crews really stepped up to reopen this roadway and I thank them once again for their hard work during this period of extreme weather."
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.