Paving Begins on I-86
Paving work on I-86 in Steuben County begins with the DOT reminding the public of daytime lane closures in the towns of Hornell and Howard. Crews will resurface 10.6 miles of pavement between Exits 34 and 35. Paving activities are expected to take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through the end of August and motorists are advised to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes if possible. The on and off ramps at Exit 34 will also be paved as part of this project, with staggered closures for both the eastbound and westbound ramps beginning in mid-August. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use the next ramp. Construction activities depend on weather and are subject to change based on conditions.
Bridge Replacement in Pulteney Starts
Two bridge replacement projects will begin today on the County Route 77 bridge over Five Mile Creek between Town Line Road and Briglin Road in the Town of Pulteney which should take about ten weeks. Work on Bunker Hill Road bridge over the Tuscarora Creek on the Freeman-Elkland Road between County Route 85 and Morris Road also begins in the Town of Tuscarora with a 14 week or so closure.
WGI Will Not Host Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
Watkins Glen International announced the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen event will not be taking place this year and will be moved to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Fans who have purchased tickets to the event will be credited with a refund of the full amount plus an added 20 percent to be honored to a future event at WGI or NASCAR-owned track.
Hornell Fire Dept to Receive $175K in FEMA Funds
Three regional fire departments, including Hornell Fire Department, will get federal FEMA funding to help offset costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hornell is set to receive almost $175,000 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant while Dundee and Auburn will also get thousands of dollars in funding. In total, $3.3 million in AFG funds were distributed to fire departments statewide. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand say the funding will help response capabilities and protect public safety.
Cuomo to Make Reopening Call for Schools This Week
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his very anticipated decision on whether or not to reopen schools this fall will come by the end of this week. Cuomo stressed that the decision to send kids back to schools will ultimately fall into the hands of parents. School districts statewide submitted their reopening plans to New York State last week and most have taken a hybrid approach combining in-school and online instruction.
GOP and Democrats Continue Stimulus Negotiations
Trump Administration officials and the US Senate continue negotiations for the federal COVID-19 stimulus and relief package. Senator Chuck Schumer said talks have progressed though there is no deal yet. Schumer also says Democrats in the Senate can only give so much with limited funding during a time of great economic need for many. The GOP and Democrats are attempting to reach a deal over aid to state and local governments as well as enhanced unemployment benefits that expired last week.
Federal Aid to Steuben County is Dependent on Census Participation
Millions of dollars in federal aid are potentially on the line, according to Steuben County officials, as the 2020 Census picks up. Information gathered through the Census makes sure the county is represented in Congress, and receives adequate funds for road and bridges, schools, health care, services for seniors and business planning. Volunteer census workers are now being recruited and trained, in keeping with CDC pandemic guidance, to reach residents who still need to provide the essential information needed to keep vital services at peak levels during the next 10 years. Information will be collected anonymously under the highest federal security levels and the public is also reminded that census workers may be sentenced to federal prison for 5 years and/or fined as much as $250,000 if they reveal the personal information of anyone taking the census.