The state budget will include $40 million to help local governments fix the many potholes that are left after a rough winter across New York.
“We’ve heard from local governments; we’ve heard from local highway superintendents; and I’ve certainly heard from constituents who are concerned about the condition of roads,” Robach told Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “This will go to address that, and I’m glad we can deliver that money in this year’s budget.”
Potholes have been a pronounced problem this year because of a bitter winter and several severe storms. Mayor and local leaders have raised concerns that the pothole problem would bust their budgets.
The increase in aid for pothole repairs is among several boosts in money for road repairs, particularly upstate.
Robach said the budget will include increased operating aid of $2.8 million statewide for transit authorities, as well as $15 million for a capital program for upstate transportation systems, excluding the downstate Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
There will also be $10 million for railroad improvements upstate and $10 million for improvements at upstate airports.