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Infrastructure stimulus could mean change for the 219

Posted at 11:27 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 23:27:52-05

The progress of the New York State Highway 219’s original plan is at a standstill. Plans made years ago would take the four-lane portion of the road, all the way south to Interstate 86. Currently, it stops just south of Springville.

Now, with President Donald Trump saying he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure over the next ten years, the state, in theory, could finally get the cash to pay for the rest of the project.

Some people think if the 219 was four lanes it would bring more business to the Southern Tier.

Bringing four lanes of highway to Interstate 86 would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, if not more.

Any driver who goes over the most recent installment of the highway south of Springville, is greeted by this sign calling it the “bridge to nowhere,” paid by taxpayers.

 A sentiment one skier can understand.

“It would be nice. I would like to make sure it makes economic sense. That's the important thing,” said Vince Smith.

As of now, the future of the 219 is not on the fast track. But, if the federal government does spend more on infrastructure, that could change.