Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Erie County

 

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

“While spring has finally arrived, the aftermath of a brutal winter still remains. There are still a significant number of potholes and surface damage all over the roadways.  At the same time, the harsh winter has depleted municipalities’ budgets to repair roads,” said Ranzenhofer.  “These investments will benefit towns and villages throughout Erie County so that new infrastructure repair projects can be undertaken.”

 

The 2014-15 State Budget includes $40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital and $438 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).  The new budget maintains a record level of funding for the CHIPS program for a second consecutive year.  The 2012-13 State Budget first increased CHIPS funding by $75 million.

 

Breakdown: CHIPS/Extreme Winter Weather Assistance by Municipality

 

Municipality

2013-14  State Budget ($)

2014-15 State Budget ($)

Year-over-year Change ($)

Percent Change

Akron

46,766

52,204

5,438

11.63

Amherst

586,591

652,980

66,389

11.32

Clarence

172,751

191,493

18,742

10.85

Newstead

77,598

86,308

8,710

11.22

Williamsville

84,355

93,815

9,459

11.21

 

In addition to these initiatives, the State Budget provides ways to keep roads and drivers safe.  More funding has been allocated towards curtailing dangerous texting-while-driving.  Young and new drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their licenses suspended for 120 days for a first-time offense and one year for a second-time offense.

 

The New York State Legislature started the CHIPS program in 1981.  The CHIPS program provides funding for the repair of highways, bridges and roads operated by local governments.

 

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