VERNON — If you have noticed there are paving projects that aren't finished in the area, don't worry. There's still plenty of time before the snow flies to get them done, officials say.

The issue

A reader reached out to Public Eye and asked when a five-mile stretch of state Route 5 in Vernon would be paved.

The stretch of road from Oneida Castle to the village of Vernon was milled earlier this summer and has sat unfinished for some time.

The Solution

The solution is closer than the reader might think.

"Weather permitting, paving operation will start the week of Sept. 18," said state Department of Transportation spokesman James Piccola in an email.

As for the length of time between milling and paving, Piccola said, "Usually the contractor has 14 days after milling to pave, but this project has what they call micro milling, which is much friendlier to traffic. The difference is the amount of teeth on the milling head. (The) regular head has 250 to 350 teeth; the micro-milling head has 700 to 1,200 teeth."

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