NYSDOT nixes permanent Pond Eddy access
POND EDDY, NY — Local lawmakers have been pushing to have a river access left in place after construction of the new Pond Eddy Bridge is complete to be used to launch river rescue vehicles. Sullivan County Legislative Chair Luis Alvarez and the Executive Director of the Upper Delaware Council wrote to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) about the matter.
A reply came from NYSDOT Acting Regional Director Thomas D. Wiser who said that is not possible because of the conditions in the state’s permit that allowed NYSDOT to build the access in the first place.
The letter said, “The area in which the temporary access driveway is currently constructed is within the 100-year flood plain. A condition of the US Army Corps of Engineers Permit allowing us to construct the access was that it had to be removed at the end of the construction project. Other factors such as the narrow shoulder, steep embankment, and sight distance issues make it an unsafe area for access.”
Also, however, he offered an alternative site. He wrote, “There is a pull-off on Route 97 approximately 500 feet downstream where there is an existing gated drive and the river bank is less steep. If this location meets your needs and the needs of other involved parties, the NYSDOT will further investigate the feasibility of developing this site as an access.”