Irene Causes Road Closings Near Hartwick

August 30, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene blew through upstate New York on Sunday, August 28, resulting in moderate to severe flooding in many of Oneonta's neighboring communities. The storm's wind-and-water assault also washed out many roadways and downed trees throughout the region.

As Hartwick students come to Oyaron Hill for the start of the 2011-12 academic year, they may encounter road closings and storm damage along the way. As of Tuesday, August 30, New York State Troopers have advised the College of the following road conditions:

UPDATE 09/01: The New York State Thruway is open in all directions.

Interstate 88 is open in both directions.

Travelers may use the New York State Thruway to Exit 25A (I-88/Schenectady), and then I-88 to Oneonta, Exit 15 for Hartwick College.

State Routes 28 and 205 from the north and 23 from the west are reopened and clear.

State Route 23 from the east is closed in portions. Travelers should avoid secondary roads in Delaware, Schoharie and Greene Counties, including 23.

Coming from the east and southeast, State Police recommend either ST 17 to I-88 or the Thruway to Albany and then I-88.

From the south, I-81 and I-88 are open as normal.

Delaware County officials advise there is still a state of emergency in their county. Cutting through the Catskill mountains off ST 17 is not advised. Taking ST 17 to Binghamton then I-88 does not add significant travel time and is strongly recommended.

For the most up-to-date travel information, visit You may also contact Hartwick College Campus Safety at 607-431-4111.

Hartwick officials offered their warmest wishes for safe travel to all those on the roads this week, and for a speedy recovery for those affected by Irene.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030