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NYS Exposed: Where is the improvement for NYS roads?

December 10, 2018 12:12 AM

The most recent numbers show a third of New York state roads are in fair or poor condition.

However, the state has failed to release new numbers in each of the last two years.

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In 2016, the state DOT estimated that it had a back-log of necessary work that would cost more than $4 billion to fix. 

A new study says that number is growing and it's going to be the tax-payers that foot the bill.

Rochester's Rahul Mirani drives on state roads every day.

"In general, they're pretty decent.  I've seen worse, I think they're doing something at least," explained Mirani.

Mirani says he notices rough roads in Rochester, and a 2018 study says he's going to start seeing them more often.

A former NYS DOT Analyst, John Shufon says, "the problem here is they haven't released the condition survey results since 2016." They, meaning New York state, who's required to annually provide the data.

?????Shufon explained, "we speculate that the 2017 and 2018 surveys will show a marked increase in the percentage measured poor and far."

He says the paving cycle for state roads has now grown to a record level, 23 years.

That's the amount of time it would take the state to resurface all of its roads.

When he was with the state DOT, he says they aimed for a paving cycle half that long.

"The higher the paving cycle the more of a backlog you have and coupled with the thin treatments that they're doing, I mean, I think over time we're going to be in a lot of trouble here," Shufon continued.

The study also found the average road treatment only lasts about ten years. 

He thinks that's why the state won't release the information about road conditions. 

News10NBC reached out to the governor's office for comment.

A spokesperson emailed back a press release from June.

The headline touts a $150 billion infrastructure investment over the next five years, but a closer look at that release and you'll see that less than half of that, $66 billion, is actually for transportation.

The governor points out the money builds on a previous $100 billion infrastructure investment.

Mirani says he'll notice soon enough if Shufon's study becomes reality.

Mirani would add, "I want the roads to be nice, to be easy, easy on my car, easy on the drive, but I do realize there's limitation because of the weather and conditions." 

News10NBC reached out to the state DOT for comment.

In a statement they called the governor's current $100 billion infrastructure plan the most aggressive in the country and recognized that addressing an aging infrastructure was especially important to New York's future economic competitiveness.
      

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