|
The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Steuben road, bridge aid could jump 24%

  • An overall increase in road and bridge funding in the state budget could mean more money for counties in the region, including a 24 percent boost for Steuben.??

    • email print
  • An overall increase in road and bridge funding in the state budget could mean more money for counties in the region, including a 24 percent boost for Steuben.??
    The state’s transportation budget was approved by the Senate last Sunday and is considered likely to be approved Thursday by the Assembly.??
    The statewide increase of $75 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program – or CHIPS – would mean an increase of $1,958,032 in state money for road and bridge work in Steuben County – from $8,193,287 last year to $10,151,319.??
    For the county Department of Public Works, that comes out to $4,429,818 for 2013-14, an increase of $741,425. The rest of the funding would be distributed to city and town governments within the county.??
    Steuben County public works commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti said the state funding, if received, would allow the county to get ahead on its five-yearplan for road construction.
    ??“We can reconstruct and pave about another five miles of road (this year),” he said.
    ??Spagnoletti said the DPW has looked at how best to spend the money, and decided the best approach was to stick to the county’s already established schedule.??
    “We’re looking at our program to see which of our priorities is next on the list,” he said He said an important consideration was finding projects to add that wouldn’t interfere with the schedule the county had already set up for the year.??
    The road projects they hope to add were already set to be done by outside contractors.??
    “It’ll be simpler and clearer for everyone if we stick to our plan,” Spagnoletti said.??
    In a joint statement, State Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, said they were happy the transportation budget would boost funding to counties.??
    “After five years when state support for local roads and bridges remained stagnant, this year’s recognition of the importance of CHIPS funding will make a significant difference for localities, local economies and motorist safety statewide,” they said.??
    Other counties in the region will see similar increases: ??
    • Chemung County: from $3,327,649 last year to $4,087,491, an increase of about 23 percent. ??
    • Schuyler County: from $1,728,590 last year to $2,139,391, an increase of about 24 percent. ??
    • Tompkins County: from $3,460,858 last year to $4,271,054, an increase of about 23 percent. ??
    • Yates County: from $1,994,253 last year to $2,477,899, an increase of about 24 percent.??
    The breakdown of county funding was released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office early Monday.

        calendar