Final Irene-Damaged Road in New York is Fixed

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 04:01 PM

Upstate New York roads, as viewed by helicopter (photo by Karen DeWitt/NYS Public Radio/WXXI)

Six months after a pair of tropical storms slammed New York State, the last road closed by the storms has been reopened.

Route 42 in Greene County, in the Catskill Mountains, is now open to traffic.

Some 400 road segments and bridges were washed away during the storms, which came after the wettest August on record.

Despite repeated requests, the state has not said how much the repairs costs, nor issued a list of the roads that have been fixed.

Last year witnessed the most costly severe weather events on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The federal government says more extreme weather events are an inevitable result of climate change, even if greenhouse gas emissions are curtailed.




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