Legislature signs off on $27M for road projects

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Erie County Legislature approved $27 million in funding for road projects in 20 municipalities across the county on Thursday.

Legislator Joseph Lorigo says the potholes on area roadways are terrible and something needed to be done.

“We get calls every single day, emails from people that are hitting potholes or about roads that are falling apart. The shoulders are crumbling. It’s been a really bad winter,” he says.

The Legislature called a special session because they were unable to approve the road project during the April 10th meeting.

“We had the special session because two weeks ago when we last met the Department of Public Works didn’t have a list of projects,” Lorigo explains.

Now that the Legislature unanimously approved the projects, work can get started right away. Crews will fix over 119 miles of county roads from now until the end of the construction season in the fall.

Lorigo isn’t sure which roads will be done first, but he says they were chosen based off a 10-point scale.

“Ten being a brand new road that was just put in yesterday in perfect shape, all the way down to one. Typically roads don’t get to one. Threes and fours are really bad. Those are the ones that are getting done,” says Lorigo.

Even though more than 100 miles will be repaired, Lorigo says the county still needs more money to fix additional roads.

“We had such a terrible, terrible winter. I don’t think it’s going to be enough money. We plan to ask the county executive for more money,” Lorigo says.

The majority leader plans to send a letter on Thursday requesting an additional $5- to $10-million.

If your vehicle is damaged from a pothole and you wish to be reimbursed, you first need to determine if the road is a state, county or local road.

If it’s a state road you can call the DOT at 1-800-POTHOLE. If you’re not sure who owns the road, Lorigo says motorists should call their county legislator and they will assist them.

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