Senator Tim Kennedy, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Assemblymember Monica Wallace Join Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski to Announce Nearly $9 Million for Road Repairs Along Union Road
Funding Will Support Resurfacing and Pothole Repairs on Union Road From Walden Avenue to French Road
Washington, DC, August 17, 2022
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Assemblymember Monica Wallace joined Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski Wednesday to announce $8.95 million in funding for road resurfacing and pothole repairs along Union Road in the town. The funding was dedicated in this year’s NYS 5-Year DOT Capital Plan, and will specifically target Union Rd. from Walden Avenue to French Rd. - a roughly 3 mile stretch adjacent to one of the Town’s most heavily trafficked corridors. Work is anticipated to begin in 2024. In addition to pavement upgrades, the funding will allow for improvements to intersection crossings including ADA compliant curb ramps and pedestrian signals along Union Road.
“Every year, the severity of New York’s winters take a toll on our roads, leaving behind pothole after pothole and risking damage to vehicles across our region. Continued investment in our infrastructure is critical, especially as we rebuild our municipalities and local economies post-pandemic,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “We’re proud to secure funding yet again for the Town of Cheektowaga, in order to ensure the resources needed to maintain our main thoroughfares are delivered.”
Congressman Brian Higgins said, “This is a heavy traffic corridor connecting people to businesses, retail stores, restaurants, and schools in and around Cheektowaga. This infrastructure investment will improve the flow of traffic, upgrade safety for drivers and pedestrians alike, and serve as an enhanced gateway to the neighborhoods around Union Road.”
“Potholes are a constant source of complaints for state and local officials. These upgrades will improve conditions for drivers along Union Road, as well as for pedestrians who will benefit from the new curb ramps and crossings,” said Assemblymember Monica Wallace. “Thanks in large part to federal infrastructure money, New York is making significant investments in our roads, bridges and infrastructure. I’m glad to see those investments being made right here in Cheektowaga.”
“I would like to thank Senator Kennedy and Congressman Higgins for their strong advocacy for our town and infrastructure needs. This will provide safer roads for our residents and those traveling through a very busy section of our Town” said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.
Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, New York State received over $2.2 billion in federal highway funding in 2022 to rebuild the state’s roads and bridges, a 21 percent increase over last year’s allocation. New York will also receive federal infrastructure funding in increasing amounts over the next 4 years.