Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Final Irene-Damaged Road in New York is Fixed
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 04:01 PM
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.