Public Works commissioner says additional repairs depend on uncertain state funding

BATH | Work has begun on Steuben County’s regular slate of road repairs for the season, although changes to state funding may add to the scheduled work, officials said.


Potential funding from New York State’s Extreme Winter Recovery Funding and Pave NY programs could add to the county’s Public Works road work schedule in 2020, according to county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti.


He noted, in speaking with the Legislature’s Public Works Committee that the current drop in oil prices is likely to reduce costs for projects that are already budgeted.


Whether or not the state funds remain in place, given the strained New York budget, Spagnoletti said his department expects to work on 88 miles of county roads at a cost of $6 million this year.


The scheduled road work is in large part funded through the state’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Plan and is expected to bring the current five-year roadwork plan to a successful conclusion, officials said.


Work now slated for 2020 is listed in the attached graphic (third photo).