ROSENDALE - Water from a busted water main in January led to a 40-foot-long, 4-foot-deep hole in James Street, forcing a temporary repair over the weekend and the closing down of one block of the road.
Supervisor Jeanne Walsh said Monday that James Street is closed between Parkcrest Drive and Madeline Lane. James Street runs on the south side of the Rondout Creek from the Route 32 bridge over the creek to St. Peter's Church. Adjoining side streets will remain open for local traffic, she said. Customers can still get to local businesses, and the homes nearby are not otherwise impacted.
Town Highway Superintendent Robert Gallagher said a water main break there in January had washed away the base under the section of James Street. "The only thing holding it together was frost," he said Monday.
The water also damaged a 4-foot-wide culvert, which could be further damaged by traffic, so the town blocked off the stretch with barriers. The area sustained damage from Hurricane Irene, Walsh said. The town already had plans for a long-term repair there. Bids for that will go out in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, that stretch of James Street will remain blocked off since it is not cost effective to repair the immediate problem only to rip it up to do the long range fix, Walsh said.