May 12, 2021

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Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking of Resiliency Project
in Jefferson County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction on a $5.4 million project awarded to Jefferson County, through the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. This project will address a 1,800 linear foot section of County Road 57 and its shoulder, which falls between Chaumont Bay and Lake Ontario. County Road 57 is located on the Point Peninsula, in the Town of Lyme. During high water events County Highway Department crews routinely monitor and periodically close, clear, and repair the roadway, as it provides the only land access to the island for area residences.

"Vital infrastructure along Lake Ontario has been adversely affected from severe flooding," Governor Cuomo said. "Through REDI, and through the State's partnership with local governments, these critical assets are being reimagined and rebuilt to mitigate future damage and disruption, ensuring public safety and safeguarding local economies."

Mitigation measures for this project include raising the vulnerable section of roadway 3 feet to mitigate potential flooding and halt further road deterioration. Additionally, rip rap will be installed to provide wind, wave and ice protection.

"New York is combatting the impact of flooding due to climate change and helping shoreline communities along Lake Ontario build back better, smarter and more resilient for the future," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "Our top priority is protecting the people who live in these communities, and the County Road 57 project in the Town of Lyme will help mitigate flooding, enhance safety and create a sustainable infrastructure."

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