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Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

Ranzenhofer announces state funds for road and street repair

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State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer 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,” Ranzenhofer said. “These investments will benefit towns and villages throughout Genesee 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

Genesee County

1,674,922

1,823,766

148,844

8.89

City of Batavia

308,736

337,343

28,607

9.27

Town of Alabama

85,971

95,945

9,974

11.60

Town of Alexander

89,208

99,405

10,197

11.43

Town of Batavia

103,681

115,241

11,560

11.15

Town of Bergen

49,382

55,025

5,643

11.43

Town of Bethany

78,161

86,815

8,655

11.07

Town of Byron

96,201

107,622

11,421

11.87

Town of Darien

105,413

117,649

12,236

11.61

Town of Elba

76,621

85,738

9,117

11.90

Town of LeRoy

100,215

111,698

11,483

11.46

Town of Oakfield

50,614

56,278

5,664

11.19

Town of Pavilion

103,501

115,242

11,741

11.34

Town of Pembroke

95,732

106,478

10,746

11.22

Town of Stafford

95,234

106,160

10,926

11.47

Village of Alexander

8,879

9,861

982

11.05

Village of Bergen

19,679

21,685

2,006

10.20

Village of Corfu

13,354

14,920

1,566

11.72

Village of Elba

8,932

9,842

910

10.19

Village of Le Roy

74,672

83,020

8,348

11.18

Village of Oakfield

28,029

31,203

3,174

11.32

In addition to these initiatives, the State Budget provides ways to keep roads and drivers safe. More funding has been allocated toward 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.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Hawley joins call for $50 million in local bridge and road repair funds

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Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined county and town highway superintendents to call for an additional $50 million in state funding to improve local roads and bridges. This funding is necessary to improve New York’s deteriorating local infrastructure, and will also create jobs related to infrastructure improvements. These roads cost each New Yorker an average of $1,600 in damage to vehicles because of roads in disrepair.

“After a particularly harsh winter, the importance of having well-maintained roads has become clear. We need to make sure that our roads and bridges are safe for the people who rely on them to go about their day-to-day lives. I stand with highway superintendents across the state in saying that our local roads do matter, and proper funding is critical to keeping them safe,” Hawley said.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Water main breaks reported on Union Street

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Press release:

There are currently two water main breaks on Union Street near Robert Morris School and near the Notre Dame athletic field. Crews are on site to begin repairs.

Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Water Main break reported on Lyon Street between Richmond and Oak

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Press release:

There is a water main break on Lyon Street between Richmond Avenue and Oak Street.  Crews will be making repairs, which may result in a water service interruption or discolored water on Lyon Street (Oak Street to Lacross Avenue) and Richmond Avenue (Lyon Street to Union Street).

UPDATE: The break was reported to be repaired about 1:30 a.m.

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

Water main break reported on Woodrow Road, Batavia

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The city reports a water main break on Woodrow Road. Water service is currently interrupted on Woodrow between Main and West Avenue and on West Avenue between Woodrow and Union. Crews are on scene for repairs.

UPDATE: Water main repaired. Service restored at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Water service disruption on portions of Bank and Ross expected tomorrow

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Press release:

A contractor will be making repairs on a private waterline on Bank Street near Ross Street on Thursday, Jan. 16th. This work may require the City water main to be shut down to complete these repairs. If a service interruption is required it will impact water service on Bank Street (between Chandler Avenue and Vine Street) and Ross Street (between Bank Street and North Street). Water service would be shut down after 9 a.m. until repairs are completed which may last several hours. This work may result in a period of discolored water in this general area after service is restored. Residents should check to make sure water clarity has returned before resuming activities such as laundry which may be impacted.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Photo: Repairs on water line break on Center Street

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A private contractor is working on a water line on Center Street today. The line broke Saturday afternoon. The line runs into Center Street Smoke House and for most of the day, the city has been able to provide water to the restaurant. The restaurant is expected to be open for business this evening.

UPDATE: Water service was fully restored at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Griswold Road Bridge open

The Griswold Road bridge over the Black Creek in the Town of Stafford has been reopened to traffic yesterday. The bridge was closed in the summer of 2012 due to its poor condition. Using federal aid, the County had a replacement designed by Barton & Loguidice Engineers and awarded a construction contract for the new bridge to Ramsey Constructors on Aug. 14. Construction took about 11 weeks to complete.

Recently many motorists have not been stopping at the Caswell Road -- Griswold Road intersection due to the bridge/road closure. With traffic flowing on Griswold Road again, motorists using Caswell Road are cautioned to make a full stop at the Griswold Road intersection before proceeding through the intersection.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Photo: The beginning of the sewer line project in Pembroke

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Right now, it's just a big ditch, but eventually it will hold a sewer pipeline that pumps effluent from Pembroke to the the Corfu sewer treatment plant. The $1.7 million project provides for upgrades to the plant, providing Pembroke, the school district and the area's business parks created by the Genesee County Economic Development Center with needed wastewater service. The project is partially funded by Department of Environmental Conservation grants, GCEDC grants and ratepayers. Construction started yesterday.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

Water main break on West Avenue this morning

post by Howard Owens in batavia, infrastructure

Press release:

The water department will be repairing a water line on West Avenue this morning. This work may affect water service for residents on West Avenue, and Woodrow Road from Main Street to West Avenue during the repair. This work may also cause a period of discolored water in the immediate area so residents are advised to avoid activities such as laundry until water clarity has returned.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: The break is repaired.

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