Funds on the way for city road repairs

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy A motorist moves past several potholes at the intersection of Third and Washington streets in the city. Public Works Director Randy Woodbury said last week that state funds are on the way to allow for repairs.

While the winter season showed no mercy on the city’s roads and streets, some much needed funds are on the way to allow for repairs.

City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury informed the Finance Committee last week that the approved state budget includes funding through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS. Woodbury said the usual CHIPS allocation for the city is roughly $350,000, and it’s anticipated that the city will receive that amount again this year.

The city is also set to receive around $70,000 through the PAVE NY, a program that emphasizes projects that improve physical condition of roadways. The city will also obtain around $50,000 in Extreme Winter Recovery funds. Woodbury said both funding sources initially were taken out of the state budget before they were put back in.

Since the winter was especially harsh this year, Woodbury said the state created another category of CHIPS funding called Hard Winter Recovery.

“We’re going to be getting another allocation from the state for that,” he said. “We don’t know what the amount is yet, but we’ll take anything we can get because it was harsh. I anticipate revenue to cover some of our unanticipated expenses for streets.”