October 24, 2021

Roads worse for wear

Cortland County gets $5M from state for upgrades

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Route 41 near Willet shows signs of needing to be resurfaced. File photo from May 2018.

Cortland County will receive about $5 million from the state to repair close to 17 miles of roads damaged by harsh winter weather.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $100 million will be given this year to repave and enhance roadways across the state, through the Harsh Winter Paving Initiative.

Cold weather whipsawed with warm through winter into earlier spring. Throughout the seasons there were multiple snow and ice storms causing numerous freeze and thaw cycles, deteriorating the roads. Once, in mid-January, the temperature fluctuated between 60 degrees down to minus 9 in just 36 hours.

Eighty-four projects, at least one in every county, and nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement will be funded through the initiative.

In Cortland County:

• $2.7 million will be spent to address pavement cracking on Route 41 from Route 26 in Willet to the southern border of the town of Solon. It is about a 9-mile project cutting through Cincinnatus.

• $2.1 million will be spent to resurface Route 11 from Route 41 in Cortlandville to Route 392 in Virgil. It is about an 8-mile project.

Gene Cilento, public information officer for the state Department of Transportation in Syracuse, said he does not know if other projects in the region were considered. Those that were are candidate projects in next year’s paving program.

“They’re all simple mill-and-fill type projects to essentially address ride quality and road integrity,” Cilento said in a written statement.

“These investments are critical to our transportation system and essential for community growth and regional economic competitiveness,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By infusing more than $100 million in state funds to revitalize our roads, we are enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers while ensuring every traveler remains safe throughout the Empire State.”

Just outside Cortland County, $630,000 will be given to Chenango County to resurface Route 41 from Route 220 to the Cortland County line. And $1.8 million will be given to Tompkins County to address pavement cracking on Route 327 from Routes 13, 34 and 96 to Route 79 in the county.

The state budget included $65 million in extreme weather recovery funds for locally owned roads, and the additional $100 million investment will support the renewal of state-owned roadways.

The funding is supported through the state Department Transportation’s five-year capital plan and is in addition to the $743 million provided in this year’s state budget.