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Maziarz calls for more state support of road and bridge repairs

by jmaloni

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Fri, Mar 28th 2014 04:10 pm

Long winter has taken its toll on infrastructure

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, intended to make a special call Friday, as the state budget is being finalized, for increased funding for much-needed road and bridge infrastructure repairs in upstate New York.

"Western New Yorkers know how brutal this winter has been on our roads," Maziarz said. "In every community I visit, it is clear that more help is needed to do everything from fix potholes to rebuild bridges. More money for these kinds of improvements would go a long way towards enhancing public safety and the quality of life in our communities."

"Every year, local governments have to decide how to use precious CHIPS funding so it has the most impact and addresses the most important road surface problems," Maziarz added. "More CHIPS funding would lead to more repairs being possible, plain and simple."

The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS, was established by the state more than 30 years ago and remains a prime vehicle for delivering state aid to municipalities for road repairs on non-state highways.

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