Repaired Section Of I-88 To Be Repaired Again

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 30, 2007 at 6:53 PM EDT

Truck driver Doug Benjamin from Oneonta says he crossed this section of Interstate 88 just one hour before flood waters washed away the highway.

Two truck drivers were killed.

"It could've been me. It could have been anybody," says Benjamin.

The New York State Department of Transportation replaced the culvert and reopened all 4 lanes last fall.

But, Benjamin says he has a sinking feeling whenever he travels over the repairs.

"You can feel it as you're going across it, because it's settling so bad," says Benjamin.

The DOT says the styrofoam fill is not working like it should.

Now, crews are prepping I-88 for more roadwork.

They'll rip up the highway and dig out the failing fill.

It will be replaced with shale, a light but strong rock.

Then the highway will be repaved.
It will cause delays for traffic until the project wraps up in mid-summer, which leaves some frustrated.

"It took so long to get it fixed, what we understand it to be right and now it's happening again? It doesn't make any sense," says Susan Hall.

But truck driver Benjamin says its better to be inconvenienced.

"It needs to be done right. Either that or more people are going to lose their lives," says Benjamin.

The DOT says after these repairs this section of I-88 should be fixed once and for all.

During construction, you'll find traffic reduced to a single lane each way between exits 9 and 11 from Sidney to Unadilla.

Also, Exit 10 is closed for eastbound traffic on I-88.

The DOT says it's investigating why the styrofoam fill failed, and it'll see if it can recover some money from the original contractor.

The state's using a different contractor for the fix.

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