The Cayuga County Highway Department has released its list of roads that will be surface treated this upcoming season, following a road rating study that shows 47 percent of county roads are deficient.
County legislators got a first glance at the department's projects it will tackle at a Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday night. Bill Dashnaw, retired St. Lawrence County highway superintendent, has been assisting Acting Cayuga County Highway Superintendent Dan Bowen with the study and managing the department.
Dashnaw said the county was in an interesting position with its road ratings, because about 15 percent of the deficient roads "are right at that breaking point of being deficient and not deficient." Dashnaw said a seal coat would address that poor rating, giving the roads approximately five more years before they'd be considered deficient again. That would bring the county's rating down into the 30 percent range, which he said is better than the state's approximately 42 percent deficiency rate.