County Asks for More Road Repair Funds

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 7:29 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 7:29 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – County Executive Mark Poloncarz is asking for $4.5 million more to be put toward road repairs. That is in addition to the more than $22 million already approved in the 2014 budget.

Poloncarz said road construction season is already two to three weeks behind schedule, as the cost of winter repairs continues to rise. More than a dozen more roads are in need of repairs than originally planned by the county. Those repair are to roadways in Hamburg, Collins and Eden.

The money requested will be enough for the county to repair nine more mile of road than in the original plan. Poloncarz is asking for the legislature to make their decision in a hurry so repairs can start immediately.

“It was the worst road season we we've seen in a long time. Every time we went out there it seemed like the roads got worse every day. It's time to get out there and repairing roads. It’s one thing to fill it with blacktop but now it's time to for doing mill and overlays,” Poloncarz said.

County officials said they not only looked over roads to see which were in need of repair, they also took complaints from drivers into consideration.

Poloncarz also said the funds will come from the 2013 surplus funds, highway improvement money and extra transfer tax. He said this is to avoid any negative impact on the 2014 budget.

Poloncarz will make the announcement about the money, Thursday. Again, he is asking the legislature to fast track their decision so construction workers can hit the roads to make the repairs.