NYS providing $40 million to fix potholes

Created: 04/02/2014 5:39 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

New York State is kicking in another $40 million this year for cities, towns and counties to fix potholes. The state realizes that this was a terrible winter for our roads and our cars. 

News10NBC focused on the two worst stretches of roads in our community. One was Hudson Avenue near Walmart and Route 104. The road is buckling like a series of waves. Krystal Hansen knows what it's like. She lives on the corner of Hudson Avenue. 

Krystal Hansen, lives off Hudson Avenue, said, “Once you get underneath that bridge and head towards Walmart, it's the worst.”

She says she had to have the struts on her car repaired this year. But relief is coming. The state added $40 million to the budget to help cities and towns repair this damage. It's a nine percent increase for towns, counties and cities to use. Rochester will get $300,000.  

Karen St. Aubin, Department of Environmental services, said, “Asphalt plants just opened up today. So it's a slow start and we'll begin to do that next week.”

The other stretch of road we looked at was Empire Boulevard, heading down to Irondequoit Bay. The road shakes the car.  

The $40 million for pothole repair was secured by Senator Joe Robach, the new chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. 

Senator Joe Robach, (R) Greece, said, “We've heard from motorists, they want the roads improved. We've heard from highway superintendents, local governments, they need some help.”

The extra money from the state is a one-time deal. It is only for this year.

If you have a pothole you want repaired, here are some numbers you can call:

In the city: 311

Outside the city limits: 585-428-5990

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