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Route 54A Project Underway


The construction of a $12.2 million project to improve resiliency along State Route 54A just north of the Village of Hammondsport is underway. The project will install new drainage and other enhancements to bolster the roadway’s ability to withstand heavy rains and help prevent the travel disruptions that have previously occurred on this vital roadway during instances of severe weather. State Route 54A runs along the west side of Keuka Lake and this project is taking place in the town of Urbana.

State Route 54A traverses a steep embankment along the west shore of Keuka Lake and during times of severe weather has been prone to slope failures and other hazards that have impacted travel. The project, which is being funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant along with State funds, will install a 5-mile-long, closed drainage system that utilizes catch basins and corrugated lateral pipes to improve stormwater runoff and surface flows into Keuka Lake. It will also intercept groundwater in advance of the roadway, which will help fortify slope stability. New curbing will also be added to help with stormwater flows and the roadway will be repaved with a fresh layer of asphalt, smoothing travel for motorists.

This project is slated to be completed by the summer of 2025. Motorists should expect localized work zones with a single-lane closure at the immediate site of the work. It is anticipated that crews will begin at the south end of State Route 54A and move north over the course of the season. This work zone will be removed during the winter months.

Full closures of the roadway at certain locations may be necessary as part of site-specific slope repair work and will take place outside of the busiest summer months.

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said, “Steuben County thanks the Governor and New York State Department of Transportation for funding this important project. We have witnessed multiple flash flood events over the past decade-plus that that have impacted State Route 54A, resulting in property damage and travel disruptions. This needed investment will better protect Keuka Lake, our homeowners, and our many visitors.”


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