April 10, 2012 —
Those who breathed a sigh of relief when repair work concluded last fall on the snakelike stretch of NYS Route 97 known as the Hawk’s Nest, must now hold their breath to see when the recently resumed activities will conclude.
The Hawk’s Nest Parapet Wall and Drainage Improvement Project is slated to wrap up by June 29, in anticipation of avoiding the heavier tourist traffic associated with the July 4th holiday weekend, according to New York Department of Transportation (NY DOT) spokesperson Sue Stepp. The project is currently ahead of schedule.
Stepp said that delays last year resulted when NY DOT got in the field and discovered that additional repairs would be needed. Reopening both lanes to the heavier tourist traffic during fall leaf-peeping season also drove the decision to cease work and resume in spring.
Work began again on March 2. Crews will be completing wall repairs, installing new concrete gutters for drainage, repaving the southbound lane of Route 97 and removing graffiti from the stone wall. The work will necessitate one-lane traffic with signals on either side.