An eroded culvert underneath Route 48 will not receive a permanent fix for up to two years.
The New York State Department of Transportation has been repairing a damaged 10-foot culvert that allows Crooked Brook (next to Evan's Chevrolet) to flow under Route 48 and to the Seneca River.
Baldwinsville's Department of Public Works Superintendent Claude Sykes said state crews found a hole had developed in the culvert from the west shoulder to the center of the road. After conducting a hydraulic study, the state determined a temporary seven-foot diameter culvert would sustain water flow to the area until a larger and more permanent fix could be scheduled one to two years down the road.
At a recent village board meeting, officials noted the area suffered severe flooding problems up until the currently damaged culvert was installed. While the area is still subject to flooding, the 10-foot culvert allowed more water to flow under Route 48 thereby decreasing the problem significantly.
The village engineer has reviewed the DOT's plans, but there is a possibility the area could suffer severe flooding before the permanent fix is made.
"If we get a 100-year storm before they put in a permanent culvert, there could be problems," Sykes said. The NYS DOT has ordered the pipe and will insert it through the existing culvert. The project should be finished by the end of September.