The New York State Department of Transportation has begun work this week on a project to create a parking and scenic viewing area at the intersection of Routes 73 and 9N in Keene, Essex County.
The estimated $40,000 project at the southwest corner of the intersection will create an area to parallel park eight cars, along with an approximately 35-foot long gravel walking path leading to an approximate 20-foot diameter viewing area. Boulders will be placed at the rear of the parking area to help define the space.
Work begin Monday to excavate and grade the area, with paving for the parking spaces to occur later in the summer.
Photo of the area of the future viewing platform at the corner of 9N and 73 courtesy Kim Rielly.
I’m going to sound like a republican here (I’m not), but people have been safely viewing the scenery at that location for years without spending $40k of the taxpayers’ money.
Sounds like it will be wheelchair/scooter friendly.
Fair point, and not one I’d considered. Thanks.
Why are only republicans careful about decisions related to spending tax payer dollars? I am a republican and this sounds like a tiny investment that probably makes sense. This way people don’t have to get hit by a car taking a picture. Lots of people pull over in that spot it is some what dangerous.
Great idea, but how does it cost $40K
Yesterday (Sunday) the whole intersection was a parking lot. It took about 15 minutes to get through because of the bridge construction.
Why not save the barn instead, or as well. Seems like a no-brainer.