PENN YAN—Extra federal stimulus funds in the amount of $5.4 million will be given to Route 54A road work, between Penn Yan and Branchport.
“It’s been a problem for some time,” explained Sen. George Winner. That stretch of road has many pot holes and has been a topic of discussion for various groups and residents in this area.
Winner said the funds came from work on Route 15/I-99 in Steuben County that cost less to complete than expected. According to Congressman Eric Massa’s office, the Route 15/I-99 project had $18.3 million in savings that the Route 54A money came from. Winner said bidding is expected to happen in January, with reconstruction beginning in the spring. The tentative completion date of the Route 54A work is fall of 2010.
Winner said Route 54A between Penn Yan and Branchport would be completely repaved.
Winner explained before this, the roadwork was expected to be completed in 2011. He said that is going by the five year bridge and road program the state uses to do work. Winner explained the project was not in the current round of road and bridge plan because of the lack of funds.