PLATTSBURGH — Additional state funding for highways will help local counties and municipalities tackle more projects this year.

The state legislature approved an additional $65 million in funding for the Extreme Winter Weather Recovery Program.

REPAIR AND MAINTAIN

The money comes on top of $438.1 million approved for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) for 2019.

“I have consistently remained committed to allocating resources towards strengthening our infrastructure,” Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) said.

"This year was no exception as we added $65 million dollars to the Extreme Winter Weather Recovery Program funding, which our North Country towns will be able to utilize to repair and maintain our roads that sustain damage to due extreme weather occurrences."

GOOD, SAFE ROADS

As a former mayor and county legislator, Jones said he understands how important it is to take care of roads and bridges.

"That is why I worked tirelessly to make sure that this program had the funds in it prior to the conclusion of the legislative session,” he said.

The additional $65 million will go to cover the costs of local highway and bridge projects which may have suffered damage due to extreme weather conditions this past winter.

"The economic development of our region is dependent upon the good, safe roads to ensure our hardworking families can get to and from their workplace each day while simultaneously ensuring the effective transport of goods in our region,” Jones said.

"We have dealt with some of the harshest freeze-thaw winter cycles in its history and this funding will undoubtedly be helpful to restore some of the most impacted roadways.”

FUNDS SPREAD

The additional state funding will mean a total of about $750,000 for towns and villages and the City of Plattsburgh in Clinton County.

The county will get $348,000 of that money.

"This funding will allow us to accelerate some programs and keep our roadways and bridges in better condition for the traveling public," County Administrator Michael Zurlo said.

Essex County will get an additional $633,088 of which $337,997 will go to towns and villages.

Franklin County will get $679,892 with towns and villages getting $252,198.

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Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.

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