County Announces 2019 DPF Highway and Bridge Work

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County Bridge 1109 over Dead Creek on Triangle Road in the Town of Hanover, which will be replaced in 2019.

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Office of the Chautauqua County Executive

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley have announced the 2019 Department of Public Facilities (DPF) highway and bridge work.

This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services. Work includes bridge/culvert replacements and rehabilitation, drainage projects, general maintenance, surface treating projects, and paving. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including the New York State Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), the Federal government and Chautauqua County.

“Thanks to the commitment of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the efforts of former Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, over $4.5 million is budgeted for county highway and bridge capital work under the CHIPS and Pave NY programs,” said Borrello. “Highway and bridge maintenance is vital to the quality of life in Chautauqua County, essential for economic development, and crucial for the safety of our residents and visitors.”

“The Department of Public Facilities provides many of the basic services that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives and works in the county,” said Bentley. “The department provides the administration, planning, maintenance, construction management and technical work of the county’s highway infrastructure. Chautauqua County’s Transportation and Engineering Divisions have the ability to design and construct many projects in house and that saves taxpayers’ money.”

County crews have already started working on winter clean up, ditching and patching potholes. Motorists are reminded to be aware of construction crews working on the highways. Please look for signs and work zone flaggers; minimize distractions such as using cell phones, eating or drinking; and obey the work zone speeds.

“Drivers our urged to please give our workers a brake,” said Bentley. “They are out there for you, working to make your travels smoother, safer and more enjoyable.”

Starting in early May, the crack sealing program will start on approximately 30 miles of County roads. County crews will also start preparing approximately 80 miles of county roads to be surface treated. In June, under the shared service program, the county and participating municipalities will start the highway surface treating program. This includes various county and town roads that will be surface treated or “oil and stoned.”
Motorists are asked to be especially aware of this operation and to stay within the recommended posted speed limits.

The 2019 construction program also includes paving of approximately 15 miles of county roads and the rehabilitation/maintenance or replacement of over 20 bridges across Chautauqua County.

For more detailed information or issues pertaining to these projects, please call the DPF at (716) 661-8400 or email at DPF@co.chautauqua.ny.us.