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Hawk’s Nest project plows along


August 10, 2011

Work is underway at the Hawk’s Nest area of Route 97, where drainage improvements and other masonry repairs, including restoration of mortar-laid stone along the cliff’s edge, is being completed by RVS Construction Corporation of Astoria.

Dan Edzenga, NY DOT engineer in charge, said the project began in early May and is expected to conclude by the end of October. The serpentine roadway was first established as a dirt road in 1859.

It was paved in 1931-33 and dedicated as the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway on September 21, 2002. The area is popular with tourists for its far-reaching scenic views of the Delaware River Valley. Motorists should be mindful of the traffic signal on the one-lane road, as the few problems reported have resulted from drivers who did not heed the signal and had to navigate the S-shaped curves in reverse.

Machine, not Human, Error

I've been present when a traffic jam occurred as cars from both sides were surprised to meet in the middle the single-lane road. The problem was not a careless driver, in fact the signal failed and triggered both ends to start at once.