By LEVI PASCHER
Sacandaga Express

JOHNSTOWN — Approximately 14 miles of county roadway will be resurfaced with new blacktop later this year after the Fulton County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to expand the 2015 capital paving project.
The county previously approved a number of paving projects for roadways within the community through the 2015 Capital Plan which totaled $1.5 million.
However, after receiving extra money from the state and finding other savings the county will now also pave 1 3/4 miles of County Highway 146 in the town of Johnstown.
According to county documents, the county previously approved 12 miles of paving with the plans to improve County Highways 153 in Johnstown, 126 in Broadalbin/Perth, 112 in Caroga/Bleecker, 142 in Johnstown and 106 in Mayfield/ Perth.
County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said the state Department of Transportation this year provided $50 million that was split amongst municipalities across the state for road repairs related to extreme weather recovery. He said Fulton County’s share of that funding was $106,500 but he will supplement that with savings created through the blacktop bidding process.
According to the resolution, the paving cost of County Highway 146 will be $286,499.
He said he approached the board about the possibility of using the extra money to bring the additional paving project forward that was planned to take place in 2016. The resolution unanimously approved by the supervisors on Monday amends the county’s previously adopted 2015 highway capital plan.
“With the extra money in winter recovery and the money we saved in the bidding process we are going to be able to advance that 2016 paving project into this year,” Yost said. “The last two winters have been pretty bad because the frost went excessively deep.”
He said the freezing and thawing water expands the asphalt which causes cracks and the roadway will start to deteriorate as heavy loads continue to pass over the surface.
Yost said the previously approved projects will begin the paving process in June and the work on County Highway 146 would most likely start in the early summer months.