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State Plans To Continue Working On Rt. 60 In 2021

The state is planning on replacing the bridge over Cassadaga Creek this year. Traffic will be rerouted. Photo by Gregory Bacon

While two portions of Route 60 were widened last year, the state is not yet done working on the main road that connects Dunkirk and Jamestown.

According to Susan S. Surdej, the regional public information officer for the state Department of Transportation, there are a number of projects planned for 2021.

“The work coming up for this year consists of milling and resurfacing Route 60 from Salisbury Road in Kimball Stand to Sinclairville, and the replacement of the Route 60 bridge over a branch of Cassadaga Creek,” she said in an email to the OBSERVER.

She noted that when the bridge is being replaced, Route 60 traffic will be detoured off-site using Van Cobb Road, County Route 380 and Salisbury Road.

Surdej said the target date to start the work in the spring has not yet been established, and is weather dependent. The contract completion date for this project is Oct. 31.

This work is part of the $4 million project that was announced in 2019. In 2020, the state widened two portions of Rt. 60 – both around one-half mile long. One widening portion in in the town of Gerry while the other is in the town of Charlotte.

Unrelated to the $4 million, in the fall of 2020, the state completed the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in Fredonia. That project was originally estimated to cost around $3.7 million, although the completion was delayed and cost likely increased after some drainage problems were revealed during some heavy rainstorms over the summer.

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