Gov. Cuomo doesn’t rule out 219 Expressway extension

June 9, 2016

ASHFORD — He didn’t say no. After presiding over the implosion of the Old Route 219 Bridge on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked where he stood on extending the Route 219 Expressway further into Cattaraugus County.

“That’s something I know the commissioner is working on,” the governor replied, gesturing to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll to address the issue.

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Route 219 update: bridges to the future

April 25, 2016

by Kecia Bal, Tribune-Democrat

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GARRETT – Construction season is picking up again, and so is work on the second phase – the structures and bridge-building stage – of the 11-mile stretch of Route 219 from Meyersdale to Somerset.

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Area state lawmakers wary of state minimum wage hike; Route 219 update

April 2, 2016

by Rick Miller, Salamanca Press

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The state Legislature on Friday voted to pass the 2016-17 state budget that included an increase in the minimum wage to $12.50 over four years.

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Letter to the Editor – Upgrade 219 before Route 60

March 27, 2016

by Michael Barriss, Observer Today

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In the article “Upgrading Route 60” (OBSERVER, March 14) the reporter writes “At the local level, officials say improving traffic flow on Route 60 is needed to connect the Greater Jamestown region and Dunkirk-Fredonia area, with an emphasis on improving public safety. Such ideas include multiple passing opportunities on the highway, added turning lanes and safer intersections. State Sen. Cathy Young, R-C-I Olean, said she believes a study by the state Department of Transportation should be done to determine if any upgrades should be made.”

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Cattaraugus County legislators urge New York to OK Route 219 funds

March 24, 2016

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LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers added their voices to Route 219 supporters who want the state to focus on building Section 12 east of Salamanca as the first two-mile link to be constructed north through the county.

The County Legislature was unanimous in urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to commit funds to the Route 219 corridor and seek special funding for new highways in rural areas under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act before the end of April.

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