Route 5 & 20

Photo from State DOT Website

A dispute between the Department of Transportation and the Seneca Nation of Indians is heating up.

The New York State DOT appeared in Evans Thursday saying it would reallocate $47 million in road construction funding for a section of Interstate 86 in Cattaraugus County and Routes 5 and 20 if the Seneca Nation continues to block work. 

DOT commissioner Joan McDonald said they will not pay the Seneca's $1.7 million in administration fees to conduct road repairs.