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TRIP

A new report from a national transportation research nonprofit says half a million vehicles cross "poor/structurally deficient" bridges in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region every day.

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With the election year heating up, so is the debate in Erie County government about how to spend an unexpectedly large budget surplus.

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Majority Democrats passed the Erie County budget they wanted Thursday, with a lot of new spending and a tax cut. That is because the county is awash in cash, particularly because sales tax revenue is so far above expectations.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Erie County is learning the cost of these increasingly common very heavy rains. The water has to go somewhere and if there isn't drainage, it might wash away a road or cause some other problem.

Erie County Department of Public Works

Erie County government's continuing political war over worn roads and bridges is heating up again.

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The visual images on television were very clear: Republicans were vocal in their praise of President Trump's State of the Union message, while Democrats were not wearing out their hands with applause. However, there was one issue that seemed to cross the aisle: infrastructure.

Erie County Department of Public Works

There is a standard complaint among politicians, that Erie County government does not spend enough money maintaining and nurturing its infrastructure. That is especially true of the legislators who represent communities outside of Buffalo, where the county has roads, bridges and many other things. However, the new chair of the Legislature's Economic Development Committee is promising a proactive approach.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Saying that the nation's infrastructure has been neglected for too long, while the U.S. has spent billions fixing roads and bridges in overseas locations including Iraq and Afghanistan, Congressman Brian Higgins has introduced a trillion-dollar proposal to fix domestic roads, bridges and waterways over the next five years.


Transportation group grades NY's highway system among nation's worst

Jun 28, 2016

A group that includes representatives from the engineering, construction and highway industries has issued a new report on the nation's Interstate Highway System, calling it an aging and underfunded network of roads and bridges. The report from the Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group TRIP comes as the U.S. Interstate marks its 60th anniversary this week.

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As rural roads and bridges continue to crumble, local officials seek ways to fund much-needed projects.