Gallo expects some $500,000 in street repairs after brutal winter

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KINGSTON – For the second year in a row, the Mid-Hudson Valley was blasted with a long and brutal winter with snow and ice playing mayhem with area streets and roads.
In Kingston, Mayor Shayne Gallo plans on attacking the issue of street repairs once the state’s road repair money is received. Last year the city got over $500,000 and he is hoping for the same this year.
“The frost this year was so deep that is raised havoc on our underground piping; we had water main breaks, sewer breaks and we are seeing an impact of the shifting on the surface,” Gallo said. Excavation permits to fix the broken pipes have been increased accordingly, the mayor said.
Last year, Kingston used 7,000 tons of blacktop to pave some 20 streets and Gallo said once the state funding comes down, the city public works department, headed up by Superintendent Michael Schupp, will hit the streets this spring.