Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda will receive an increase in state funding this year related to street repairs after a winter that wreaked havoc on roads across the region, state Sen. George Maziarz said Thursday.
The state budget, passed Tuesday, includes $6.9 million in funding for municipalities in Niagara County, including $802,000 earmarked for North Tonawanda specifically, said Maziarz, R-Newfane. The bulk of the money comes from the state’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as CHIPS.
In addition to that, Niagara County itself will receive $2.3 million to help fix county roads.
Maziarz said the CHIPS awards amounted to an increase of between 8 percent and 12 percent per municipality over present funding levels.
“As Niagara County residents know, this last winter did a lot of damage to our streets and roads,” Maziarz said. “As a result, we are driving record amounts of aid to local governments so we can help them fix potholes and patch road surfaces. I made this a priority in our budget negotiations and I’m glad we were successful.”