Several local and state officials gathered along the side of Route 54A at the scenic overlook near Esperanza Drive last week to celebrate the completion of the $5.2 million rehabilitation of the state highway.
For several years, area residents had loudly complained about the condition of the road, and state officials responded with a promise to make repairs in 2011.
But when federal funds left over from another highway project in the Southern Tier came available last year, the project’s timeline was moved up, and work began in March.
State Sen. George Winner said the project shows how important constituent services are. “We responded to your calls,” he told the group of county legislators and Jerusalem officials, adding, “Thank all of you who worked to get it down. You made it a priority.”
“The reconstruction of Route 54A has long been one of our region’s priority infrastructure improvement projects, and I couldn’t be happier to hlep celebrate its completion, said Winner, adding, “Most importantly, it’s a well-earned day for the many local residents and local officials who worked long and hard, over many years to stress the urgency of these improvements. Assemblyman (James) Bacalles and I were pleased that New York recognizd the value of keeping local federal stimulus savings at work within our region. It’s a great benefit to Yates County residents and motorists, and a solid investment that strengthens tourism and the entire local economy.”
Bacalles said, “I am pleased this project has been completed. The governor agreed with Sen. Winner and me that this highway improvement was important and allowed the money to be reallocated from other areas to get it accomplished. This is a great day to cut the ribbon on this project and DOT’s Region 6 staf deserves credit for their efforts in making it a reality.”