Video spurs state to repair highway

NEWCOMB (AP) – The state Department of Transportation has agreed to start repairs on a main Adirondack highway after frustrated local officials and residents posted a video plea on YouTube.

The towns of Newcomb and Long Lake started a letter-writing campaign last year to state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge major repairs on Route 28N.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports that Albany didn’t take notice until Newcomb Planning Board member Paul Hai and North Creek videographer Matt Klippel made a video of a bumpy ride on the highway and interviews with residents, tourists, truckers and mechanics.

The video was posted on YouTube March 28 and sent to lawmakers, DOT officials and Cuomo.

Hai said they soon got a response. A DOT spokesman says repairs will commence in the coming weeks.