Route 42 in Lexington to reopen Wednesday

Above: A rock that slid from a steep bank above Route 42 in Lexington last week lies next to the road's damaged guard rail. Photo taken Thursday, May 15 by Lissa Harris.

A stretch of Route 42 in the town of Lexington, which was shut down last week after a landslide, will reopen on Wednesday morning, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) announced.

Since the morning of Thursday, May 15, Route 42 has been closed to traffic from the intersection with Spruceton Road -- near the area of the landslide -- to the Ulster County line. Officials were concerned about the stability of the bank after the landslide, which sent a cascade of large rocks tumbling down from a steep bank overlooking the roadway.

DOT spokesperson Bryan Viggiani said that repairs to the roadway are scheduled to be finished by Wednesday:

Motorists are advised that Route 42 in the Town of Lexington, Greene County, is scheduled to reopen by Wednesday morning.

A rockslide Thursday morning forced the closure of Route 42 through the Halcott Mountain pass, between Sprucetown Road (County Route 6) and the Greene-Ulster County line north of Route 28.

Following clean-up of the debris and observation of the slope over the ensuing days, repairs to the Route 42 pavement and guiderails are under way. This work is expected to be completed in time for a Wednesday reopening.