Town of Potsdam plans road work with $290K in CHIPs funding
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 1:24 pm

POTSDAM -- The Town Highway Department plans on spending $290,714.06 in state CHIPS funds on an assortment of road maintenance projects this year.

The road sections, the length, and the maximum expenditure are:

• Parmenter Road from Sweeney Road east to Root Road, .8 miles, not to exceed $81,094

• Dayton Road from US Hwy 11 south to railroad tracks, .6 miles, $52,150

• Potsdam-Morley Road from Cty. Rt. 35 at Slab City west to Evan Farm, 1 mile, $96,850

• Waite Road from Wright Road north to Morgan Road, .7 miles, $60,620

Highway Superintendent John Keleher said the funds are from the continuing CHIPS funding from the state, while the state budget under consideration now calls for an end for Pave-NY and special winter repair funds that would amount to a loss of about $112,000 this year for the town. That would be about $66,000 from Pave-NY and $55,000 from the winter repair fund, and much more for road work countywide.

The town and county faced much the same problem last year when the funds were first cut from the budget and were later restored. Restoration of those funds might be more difficult this year as the state faces a multi-billion dollar deficit.