Recently finished work described as ‘poor quality’
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
The New York State Department of Transportation has reportedly rejected the paving job on the reconfigured intersection of Route 9, a state highway, at Glassbury Court and wants the new surface torn up and replaced.
Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea revealed the unexpected turn of events to Philipstown.info on Monday (Aug. 12), following a brief phone conversation a few days earlier with a regional DOT engineering official.
Shea said the regional DOT office alerted him that the new pavement needed to be removed and replaced with a better surface. “They’re not going to accept the pavement job. I don’t know why,” Shea said. “All I know is that I got a call that there is a problem with the pavement.”
According to Beau Duffy, DOT director of communications at the state headquarters in Albany, “the paving at Glassbury Court was performed under permit by the developer,” who also handled the widening. “The paving is not acceptable,” Duffy said Tuesday afternoon. “The placement is poor quality and it’s not smooth. We will be meeting with the developer to discuss the remediation. The repair will not cost the state any money; it will be the responsibility of the developer.”
Wilder Balter Partners Inc., a development firm that specializes in affordable housing and complexes for retirees, built Glassbury Court, which offers energy efficient homes in a quiet setting near Hustis Road and Quarry Pond, an old rock excavation site.
An attempt to reach Bill Balter, a company executive, on Tuesday was not immediately successful. Balter came before the Philipstown Town Board in July 2012, to explain the then-pending lane reconfiguration and pavement project. He said the goal, reflecting a plan not realized earlier as Glassbury Court got built, was to enhance safety by providing real turning lanes into the complex from Route 9.
“He’s been great to work with” in development of the community at Quarry Pond, Shea said, praising the attractiveness and amenities found in the houses and overall complex. “He’s been really upstanding.”