Hoyt: Cooperation Key For Route 219

Posted on March 8th, 2012

By Rick Miller
Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — If the Route 219 Expressway is going to get back on track, state lawmakers based in Western New York “need to keep beating the drums,” Sam Hoyt, regional president of Empire State Development, said Tuesday in Olean.

He agreed the long-sought north-south expressway corridor between Springville and Salamanca would improve the region’s economic development potential.

“But that’s a lot of money at a time when there isn’t a lot of money,” he said.

Estimates to build the four-lane expressway along the 28-mile corridor to link to Interstate 86 are in excess of $750 million. Before any more construction is permitted south of Springville, environmental studies must be performed, and an agreement is needed with the Seneca Nation of Indians to cross the Allegany territory east of Salamanca.

Mr. Hoyt, the former Buffalo assemblyman who now advises Gov. Andrew Cuomo on economic development matters in the Western, Finger Lakes, Central and Southern Tier regions, met with the Olean Times Herald editorial board to highlight Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget.