County’s 2021 Construction Season to Begin
Drivers Urged to Use Caution in Work Zones to Help Ensure a Safe Construction Season
FALCONER, N.Y.:-- Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel, Jr. and Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley have announced the 2021 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), PAVE-NY, the Federal government and Chautauqua County.
“Thanks to the commitment of New York State to improving existing infrastructure and the efforts of State Senator George Borrello 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 Wendel. “In addition, the County is expecting to receive an additional $2.1 million as part of funding increases to CHIPS, PAVE NY, and Extreme Weather Programs from the most recent New York State budget. This investment is critical as 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.”
“This will be a busy construction season as projects that were deferred from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being scheduled in addition to the required projects this year,” said Bentley. “With the additional funding that is expected from the New York State budget, the department is prepared to complete additional road and bridge projects as we progress through the construction plans this year. 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 are 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 40 miles of County roads. County crews will also start preparing approximately 95 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 2021 construction program also includes paving of approximately 22 miles of county roads and the rehabilitation/maintenance or replacement of over 18 bridges across Chautauqua County.
DPF’s Project List for 2021 major Capital Projects include:
- Rehabilitating County Bridge 259 on County Touring Route 77 in the Village of Sinclairville;
- Rehabilitating County Bridge 1065 on 28th Creek in the Town of Ellington;
- Rehabilitating County Bridge 314 on County Touring Route 53 in the Town of Carroll;
- Replacing County Bridge 151 on County Touring Route 45 in the Town of Busti;
- Replacing County Bridge 429 on County Touring Route 54 in the Town of Chautauqua;
- Replacing County Bridge 906 on 28TH Creek Road in the Town of Ellington;
- Replacing County Bridge 426 on County Touring Route 12 in the Town of Harmony;
- Rehabilitating of County Bridge 968 on County Touring Route 24 in the Town of Westfield;
- Replacing County Bridge 879 on County Touring Route 4 in the Town of Sherman;
- Rehabilitating of County Bride 818 on County Touring Route 34 in the Town of Carroll;
- Rehabilitating County Bridge 875 on South Phetteplace in the Village of Falconer;
- Replacing County Bridge 355 on County Route 67 in the Town of Ellington;
- Painting 3 county bridges throughout the county;
- Paving on Clymer-Sherman Road (County Route 15) from NY 474 to NY 76 in the Town of Clymer and Sherman;
- Paving on County Route 380 from Ellicott Road to US 20 in the Town of Portland/Village of Brocton;
- Cold milling and paving on Centralia-Hartfield Road (County Route 54) from Stockton-Hartfield Road to Meadows Road in the Town of Chautauqua;
- Paving on Sherman-Westfield Road (County Route 21) from Volusia to Jones Road in the Town of Westfield;
- Cold milling and paving on South Roberts Road Urban Road to railroad tracks in the City of Dunkirk;
- Cold milling and paving on South Work Street Village Limits to Main Street in the Village of Falconer;
- Joint project with the City of Jamestown for the reconstruction of Barrett Avenue from Prather Avenue to Washington Street Bridge Ramp in the City of Jamestown;
- Cold milling and paving on Pickard Hill Road (County Route 52) from Jones Corners to Red Bird Corners in the Town of Ellery;
- Paving on Martin Road from the City Limits to NY 60 in the City of Jamestown;
- Paving on Fredonia-Stockton Road (County Route 73) from County Route 380 to Village of Fredonia Towns of Stockton and Pomfret.
- Additional projects may be completed as the construction season progresses.
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 .