Lots of Road Construction Planned for WNY

April 21, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

April 21, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK (WKBW) The long winter that set snow and cold records here in Western New York has also left behind extensive damage to local roads.

While several repaving projects were already scheduled, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Erie County are looking for additional funding to make repairs that exceed expectations.

On Tuesday April 22nd, the NYSDOT will begin a $6.9 million dollar milling and repaving project on Route 219 between Route 391 (Boston) and Route 39 (Springville).

The project will be done in segments with the first segment being the southbound lanes between Route 391 and Rice Hill Road.

Construction of all segments is scheduled to be complete by Fall 2014.

The NYSDOT is also trying to secure additional funding to make repairs to Route 219 in Cattaraugus County.

Repaving working is also underway at the South Grand Island Bridges where some northbound tolls lanes and the River Road on-ramp are closed until May 9th.

The New York State Thruway Authority says additional paving work is also planned for areas near Dunkirk.

On Tuesday, Erie County will release its construction schedule which is expected to be extensive because of the widespread winter-related road damage.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz tells Eyewitness News that all the road repairs will exceed the $22 million dollars allocated in the 2014 budget, but the county will use other resources, including rainy-day funds, to make sure the repairs are done.

Watch Ed Reilly's story.

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