Weekly Feature

2016-07-06 / Front Page

Funding to support Tonawanda highways, roads


Nearly 1,600 municipalities across the state, including the Town of Tonawanda, have been awarded funds to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local highways and roads.

The funding — totaling $100 million — has been provided under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s PAVE NY initiative, and is being administered by the New York State Department of Transportation as part of its $21.1 billion five-year Capital Plan.

The Town of Tonawanda has been awarded more than $88,000.

According to a prepared statement, the PAVE NY program emphasizes projects that improve the physical condition of local roadways, create jobs and enhance local economic competitiveness.

“With the recent announcement of the awarding of over $88,000 from New York State to rehabilitate and reconstruct roads, we will be able to not only continue the program we have in place to repave our town-owned roads but add more roads to be completed this year,” said Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger. “We are very grateful for this money, and it will be put to good use to make our roads safer.”

“From replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge to the transformative redesign of La- Guardia Airport, New York has been leading the way in reshaping our infrastructure to meet the demands of the 21st century,” Cuomo said. “PAVE NY funds strategic investments in local roadways, helping ensure roadways across the state are in good repair, remain reliable for motorists and able to help foster regional economic growth for years to come.”

PAVE NY funds are awarded to New York City and cities, counties, towns and villages for activities such as roadway resurfacing, widening and realignment; construction of turning lanes at intersections; and new drainage to mitigate the harmful effects of flooding, according to the statement.

“I applaud Gov. Cuomo for recognizing the importance of investing in our state’s local roads. This investment in improving local roads will reduce driver delays and increase economic activity and tourism statewide,” said Matthew Driscoll, New York State Department of Transportation commissioner.

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