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Congressman Higgins Says $6.12 Million in Recovery Act Funds Coming to Chautauqua County for Work on I-86 & Various Other Road Projects

May 20, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) said local residents will soon see construction trucks at work along Interstate 86 and a number of other Chautauqua County roadways in the with the help of $6.12 million in federal Recovery Act funds.

“The condition along this stretch of I-86 has been a great concern for local residents and is in desperate need of repairs,” said Congressman Higgins. “These projects will allow for safer and more efficient travel and will put people to work in construction related fields this summer right here in Chautauqua County.”  

Recovery act funds totaling $1.5 million will be dedicated to repaving about 21 miles of Interstate 86 in Ellery, Ellicott, Poland, Falconer, Jamestown and Randolph (Cattaraugus).   An additional $370,000 will be used to repave a 2.5 mile bypass from Interstate 86 to NY Route 430 in Ellery and Bemus Point.  Work along this stretch is scheduled to be completed by winter.

$4 million federal Recovery Act funding will be used toward a project in the City of Jamestown to replace the Washington Street Bridge over the Chadakoin River and the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad corridor.  Fifth and Sixth streets from Pendergast Street to Fairmount Avenue will be milled and repaved, and a section of Steele Street, from Fairmount Avenue (State  Route 394) to Washington Street (Route 60) will be milled and repaved.  Route 60 from South Main Street to West 2nd Street will also be reconstructed.  This project is set for completion in 2011. 

An additional $250,000 in Recovery Act funding will be used for work, this construction season, sealing pavement cracks on approximately 100 miles of roads to throughout Chautauqua County.