Congressman Owens says creation of 'Rooftop' highway isn't realistic 'short-term' goal during visit to Potsdam
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 9:14 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

POTSDAM – During a brief visit to Potsdam Thursday, Rep. Bill Owens said the creation of a new “Roof Top” highway wasn’t a very realistic goal in the short term.

Owens said he believes the project is worthwhile, and that interstates can been a huge boon for economies, especially in population center’s like Potsdam, but the money isn’t really available right now.

Owens was not critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to study the idea, but said it’s not something he expects to see in the near future.

He said areas like Plattsburgh and Glens Falls, which are connected by Interstate 87, are proof that highways can helpful to a local economy and that having the ability to move goods is a big positive for businesses.

The topic has become a focal point for several North Country interest groups and politicians since the governor proposed a study in his “State of the State” address. However, little is known about what the study will actually focus on.

More details are expected to emerge as state lawmakers begin working on the budget.