Local lawmakers, highway department workers and others gathered last week to celebrate the start of paving of Route 52 in the Town of Kent.
As a member of the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, Assemblyman Matt Slater, R-Yorktown, said he remained dedicated to prioritizing significant infrastructure projects throughout the 94th District and being able to deliver $3.6 million toward this project, which aims to extend from Fowler Avenue in Carmel to a point just beyond the intersection with Route 311 in Kent, is a great success.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation has outlined plans to address the repair of stormwater catch basins, making Route 52 the first step in a broader investment in infrastructure.
These initiatives signify a collective effort to improve the region’s transportation network and enhance its resilience to weather-related challenges.
“When I first introduced myself to the community of Kent, it was clear that paving Route 52 needed to be a priority after years of neglect by New York State,” said Slater. “I will continue to be a strong voice for additional state investments in the Hudson Valley to address our outdated infrastructure needs.”
State Sen. Pete Harckham, D-Peekskill, said residents and other motorists deserve roadways that are safe and drivable.
“We received many complaints about Route 52, so I am pleased it is finally being reconditioned and paved,” he said. “Our state roads are vital to our state and local economy – they link our municipalities and connect to larger highways, and they are essential to businesses for moving goods and services.”
Rep. Mike Lawler, R-Rockland, thanked local lawmakers for their leadership and commitment to serving residents and visitors.
“It is so important in government whether at the federal level, state level or local level to make sure the use of taxpayer money is done in a way that prioritizes critical projects,” he said. “State roads are the lifeblood of our economies, and you can look at any state road and see how much commerce is going on, whether it’s industrial, commercial or residential. So having these roads function the way they’re supposed to is critical.”