LITTLE VALLEY – Replacement of the Cold Spring Creek bridge in Cattaraugus County, as well as road resurfacings and a road widening, are at the top of the Department of Public Works’ 2014 “to do” list, Commissioner Joseph Pillittere told the Legislature last week.
In a joint venture between New York State, Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the 58-foot span on the Lebanon Road, across the Cold Spring Creek, will be removed and replaced in the coming construction season, Pillittere said. The state Department of Transportation and the Senecas reached agreement on the project in 2004, but final approval had been held up since then.
The project is expected to cost $1.5 million to $2 million. The DOT will be the lead agency in design and construction, shouldering 80 percent of the costs, and Cattaraugus County will be responsible for the remaining costs, according to the treaty between the state and Seneca Nation dealing with infrastructure on the territories. This bridge is deemed to be an important entrance point to the Allegany Territory.
However, the 20-percent county share may be lessened, according to Pillittere, who cited a state program that reduces local government’s funding shares on non-state-sponsored projects, such as when dealing with Seneca Nation projects. That program could reduce the county’s share by about 75 percent, Pillittere said.
Once that share is taken care of, the Cattaraugus County responsibility to the project will be complete.
Another county project will require some land to be acquired, according to the resolution passed by the Legislature. The land – along County Road 71 in Great Valley – is owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for use as an electrical substation. A portion is to be acquired through eminent domain to widen the right of way for safety and to replace culverts in the area, Pillittere said.
“Niagara Mohawk said this would be the quickest and least expensive way to do this,” he said. “We are on good terms with them, and it was their suggestion to us.”
The land’s fair market value will be determined and paid, with work to start after that process is completed.
Cattaraugus County also has received $2 million in CHIPS (Consolidated Highway Improvement Project System) funds that will go toward the resurfacing of County Road 18 from Great Valley to Franklinville, and County Road 7 from East Randolph to New Albion.