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East Lake Road guide rail to be replaced by MCHD crews

A portion of East Lake Road is currently without a guide rail, as Madison County Highway Department crews prepare to replace it. The old guide rail was removed due to erosion and trees were cut down due to safety issues that were increased in wintry conditions.

A portion of East Lake Road is currently without a guide rail, as Madison County Highway Department crews prepare to replace it. The old guide rail was removed due to erosion and trees were cut down due to safety issues that were increased in wintry conditions. Terence Hartnett

A stretch of East Lake Road, north of the village of Cazenovia near Stanley Road, recently became considerably more dangerous by way of a removed guide rail.

The guide rail will be replaced by the Madison County Highway Department by mid-September, after the department completes some work on the shoulder as well as further landscaping on the roadside area.

The replacement of the guide rail is only one aspect of the work being done on this part of East Lake Road.

Trees were also cut down in order to accommodate greater sightlines from Stanley Road. The tree removal will also serve to alleviate icy conditions on what is usually a very slippery road.

According to Superintendent Joe Wisinski, the Madison County Highway Department came to a decision based on the three factors of sightlines, ice reduction and the state of the previous guide rail, which was leaning due to erosion.

As of now construction on the base for the new guide rail is ongoing as well as grass seeding and further landscaping work.

The new guide rail will be installed upon completion of both the shoulder and the landscape just beyond it.

Terence Hartnett is freelance journalist for Eagle Newspapers, and a graduate of Cazenovia High School and St. Bonaventure University. He can be reached at hartnetc@bonaventure.edu.

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