Work on Pre-Emption Road begins next week

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The quickest route to Geneva from Penn Yan and back again — Pre-Emption Road — won’t be so speedy for a few weeks while workers perform some upgrades.

Yates County Highway Superintendent David Hartman says those using the county road between the Route 54 intersection and the area near Long’s Milk Haulers, south of Bellona, will encounter significant delays beginning May 2.

Workers will be grinding up the pavement and preparing the roadway for resurfacing beginning next week, a process that should take three days.

he resurfacing won’t begin until at least May 16, so drivers will need to be prepared for a rough surface for several days while crews repair any problem areas that might cause issues later, explains Hartman.

Once the resurfacing does begin, travelers can expect one lane travel and significant delays for up to two weeks, says Hartman, who advises people to consider using alternative routes, such as Route 14A or Ridge Road during the time.

About 2500 vehicles per day travel on Pre-Emption Road.

Hartman says this is the only major county road surface project planned for this year because of budget restrictions.

Another project, which will have less impact on travelers — replacement of the Fox Mill bridge — will begin this spring. Those who use the Keuka Outlet for watersports like canoeing and kayaking will notice some stream flow restrictions around July 1 during some of that project, says Hartman.