Wet weather poses challenge for road repairs

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For a little while, a gaping hole defined County Route 85 in Tuscarora after severe flooding wiped out a portion of it. Today, the hole has been filled and road work is back on track, despite the rain. 

Road crews, have been working tirelessly to get the road back on track by the end of October. 

The recent rain, however, is coming down as a challenge for road repairs. Gravel is harder to pick up and thunderstorms Tuesday morning put a halt on work crews from doing their jobs for safety precautions. 

“It slowed the process down a little bit, it’s not helping the gravel situation, it’s already wet, we have some spots we may have to remove some gravel and put a different type of material in because everything is so wet and saturated,” Tim Leonard, District Supervisor for Steuben County Public Works, said. 

Leonard said it’s hard to determine whether the rain will set road repairs back in reopening the area by the end of the month. He said it all depends on Mother Nature. 

“We’re doing the best we can to make it durable,” Leonard said. “It all depends on how much rain we get in the future.”

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