Good news for the PASS organization on Thursday. The City Council approves the changes recommended in a feasibility study and North Margaret Street by Georgia Pacific will become a two lane road with a turning lane in the center and two bike lanes.. one on each side.. and as part of the approval process, the council also agreed to spend the $36,000 necessary to accomplish what City Engineer Kevin Farrington refers to as putting North Margaret Street on a Diet..
Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says there is funding through the “CHIPS” program which could enable the city to re-pave the intersection at Georgia Pacific as part of the road’s diet.. and re-striping.. The CHIPS program is the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement program, where state funds are provided to municipalities to support the construction and repair of highways, bridges, railroad crossings and other facilities that are not part of the highway system.. Plattsburgh will qualify for this particular capital project because it’s being undertaken by the city, and it’s for highway purposes – Route 9 – being the applicable highway and it will have a service life of 10 years or more by the time the project is complete.. During the vote on Thursday evening, Councilwoman Becky Kasper expressed her gratitude for the work of the PASS citizens group who lead the way. As for the timing of the re-striping project, the painting contractor has been given approval on their bid for the work and the City Engineer’s office will be placing the project on the schedule along with some additional minor striping projects throughout the city and North Margaret near Georgia Pacific could become two lanes by mid August..