Scott Fybush scott@fybush.com
Tue Nov 24 14:42:10 EST 2009

The conversion from NY17 to I-86 is actually progressing pretty close to 
schedule. I drive the eastern part of the highway (Bath to Harriman) 
several times a year en route to NYC, and the road has already 
transformed dramatically in the last decade or so. One of the last 
at-grade crossings in the Catskills (the Parksville "exit") was in the 
midst of massive reconstruction when I drove through last month, with a 
new bypass being built around Parksville. (Sadly, it will probably kill 
off the little Dari-King ice cream stand that's been a favorite roadside 
rest stop for me for many years.)

There's already "Future I-86" signage in place along much of the 
Catskills "Quickway" section of 17.

Aaron Read wrote:
> Yeah, the near-miss was in Chemung county, IIRC.  Down near the PA border.
> As for the "specific timetable", I got a good laugh out of that one.  A 
> very rueful laugh, I might add, and not directed at you.  It's just that 
> Albany does things when it damn well pleases, not when a little thing 
> like "the law" says so.  Scott might be less cynical than me, but I 
> think he'll back me up here.
> It was especially noticeable when the state senate switched to 
> Democratic control, and mostly downstate Democratic control at that. 
> I've no love for Republicans but it was amazing how fast funding for 
> anything north of Westchester suddenly disappeared eleven months ago.

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