Amherst Town Highway Superintendent Bob Anderson says the top priority will be intersections hit hardest by the winter. "Areas around Sheridan Drive and Youngs Road, Youngs and Maple Roads , and Chestnut Ridge Roads, we're going to concentrate on," says Anderson.
|A Rough Winter
By The Numbers...
The Town of Cheektowaga had to spend more than $480,250 on road salt this year.
Lackawanna spent over twice as much -- $12,000 -- on cold patch this year compared to last, according to NY Sen. Tim Kennedy's office.
The NYS Budget includes an extra $40 million in aid this year, allocated according to a formula using road miles and the number of car registrations - skewing aid to NYC suburbs.
If it were split evenly county-by-county, and then town and municipality, highway departments in Erie county would see on average a $14,000 boost.
Anderson says the town has a $1 million fund for repaving, and a $1 million bond in addition. And while none are having a severe budget crisis, many are strapped by a winter blast of road repairs.
"Obviously it's been a terrible winter for everyone," says Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem.
"I keep seeing the vouchers go by for road salt, road salt. And potholes are everywhere. Like everyone in Erie County and Western New York our roads are in bad shape," Keem says.
The just passed state budget includes an extra $40 million boost in the state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, designed to be a one year extreme weather fund, Anderson says it will help, but with over 900 municipalities in the state, the boost is not as significant as it would seem at first blush.
The money is allocated based on how miles of roads a county has and how many cars are registered there- both factors that would skew toward the New York City suburbs and Long Island. If the money was divided evenly between each county in the state, and then each municipalities in Erie County-- any local town or village would see slightly more than $14,000 in extra aid this year.
To put that in perspective, the Town of Cheektowaga had to spend more than $480,250 on road salt this year. Lackawanna spent over twice as much -- $12,000 -- on cold patch this year compared to last, according to NY Sen. Tim Kennedy's office.