infrastructure http://wrvo.org en Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://wrvo.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58319 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system Maffei promotes infrastructure plan in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-promotes-infrastructure-plan-syracuse <p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has put together a wide-ranging program that would invest in central New York’s infrastructure, ranging from fixing crumbling roads and bridges to bringing high speed rail to the area. He says there has to be a mindset change in Washington for this to happen.<br /> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:17:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57789 at http://wrvo.org Maffei promotes infrastructure plan in Syracuse More federal money sought for rural bridges http://wrvo.org/post/more-federal-money-sought-rural-bridges <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer wants to add about $50 million to funding that comes to New York for upkeep and repair of rural bridges.</p><p>The federal government provides the state with $71 million a year right now to maintain the thousands of bridges that don’t fall under federal purview. That number is tied to a 2009 transportation bill.</p><p>There are efforts in Congress to continue to cap that amount through 2020.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat says continuing to cap the fund will lead to further deterioration of rural bridges.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:20:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57571 at http://wrvo.org More federal money sought for rural bridges Leaders discuss Oswego County infrastructure issues http://wrvo.org/post/leaders-discuss-oswego-county-infrastructure-issues <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) says Oswego County is in a prime position to grow economically, but needs some help improving the infrastructure to do that.</p><p>The Democrat, whose district includes Syracuse and part of Oswego County, recently held a roundtable on infrastructure at the Port of Oswego.</p><p>Maffei and fellow Rep Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) have helped secure funding for rail improvements at the port. This time the topics of discussion were not only expanding roads and rail lines, but replacing water and sewer lines and better rural broadband access.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:57:46 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54942 at http://wrvo.org Leaders discuss Oswego County infrastructure issues Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-has-repaired-2000-potholes-april-1 <p></p><p>Public works crews have already patched 2,000 potholes on Syracuse streets in April, but there are so many more, they now have their own email address.</p><p>City officials Tuesday unveiled a new pothole repair truck and called on residents to help report potholes around town. A quarter of those repaired so far came from city complaints, officials said.</p><p>Finding more shouldn't be a problem.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54649 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 Syracuse's water main breaks get attention from Albany http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-water-main-breaks-get-attention-albany <div><p>Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is touring the state, talking with cities about aging infrastructures,&nbsp;hoping the state can come up with some help for communities plagued by collapsing streets and broken water mains.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:12:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52143 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's water main breaks get attention from Albany Syracuse patching twice as many water main breaks as normal http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-patching-twice-many-water-main-breaks-normal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water department crews have spent a lot more time this winter digging into frozen ground, shoveling asphalt and sifting through mud to find holes in Syracuse’s plumbing as an unusually high number of water main breaks is putting a strain on city resources.</span></p><p>Since the beginning of the year, the city’s century-old water system has sprung more than a hundred leaks. That’s more than two a day that city works crews have had to patch and twice the number the city normally deals with.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:40:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51862 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse patching twice as many water main breaks as normal Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum http://wrvo.org/post/water-mains-and-transportation-focus-infrastructure-forum <p></p><p>Central New York's underground infrastructure - namely, water mains - was a big focus of a discussion about the region's infrastructure hosted by Rep. Dan Maffei Tuesday.</p><p>Maffei, a Democrat from Syracuse, gathered elected officials, engineers and administrators at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse to discuss infrastructure. One main message was that upgrades and maintenance of the region's plumbing and water pipes has been an often ignored or delayed investment.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:20:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51556 at http://wrvo.org Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly http://wrvo.org/post/changes-coming-make-west-street-more-pedestrian-friendly <p></p><p>Changes are coming to Syracuse’s West Street artery to make the roadway more pedestrian friendly and less of a barrier for the Near Westside neighborhood.</p><p>West Street was built in the middle of the last century, as Interstate 81 was paving through the city, as a way to move cars more easily. It’s six lanes wide and not pedestrian friendly, but many west side residents have to cross the street to get downtown or to the grocery store.</p><p>The Near Westside Initiative, a community advocacy group has been working with the state transportation department on a redesign.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:36:46 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51377 at http://wrvo.org Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly Port of Oswego receives new equipment http://wrvo.org/post/port-oswego-receives-new-equipment <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:06:49 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50282 at http://wrvo.org Port of Oswego receives new equipment Oswego Common Council hoping for rebound after difficult 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-common-council-hoping-rebound-after-difficult-2013 <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50190 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Biden meet on infrastructure rebuilding plans http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-biden-meet-infrastructure-rebuilding-plans <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden to talk about new ways of rebuilding infrastructure after damaging storms. The two are potential presidential contenders in 2016, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run. But they had nothing but praise for one another. &nbsp;</p><p>New York state received $6 billion in federal aid after Superstorm Sandy, and Cuomo Biden to the State Capitol, to show him how he’s spending the money.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49620 at http://wrvo.org State's Capital Plan needs more detail, says watchdog group http://wrvo.org/post/states-capital-plan-needs-more-detail-says-watchdog-group <p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:48:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 44808 at http://wrvo.org Maffei discusses range of topics at town hall http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-discusses-range-topics-town-hall <p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:19:28 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 44298 at http://wrvo.org Maffei discusses range of topics at town hall Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/options-narrow-opinions-widen-i-81s-future-through-syracuse <p>Transportation planners have narrowed the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse down to two likely options: rebuild, or re-route. Wed, 22 May 2013 11:42:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38238 at http://wrvo.org Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse Going green still a challenge for area businesses, governments http://wrvo.org/post/going-green-still-challenge-area-businesses-governments <p>Central New York has a lot to be proud of when it comes to going green. That was the message at the Greening USA annual meeting in Syracuse yesterday. But there are still challenges when it comes to making the investment in green energy. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:16:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 36478 at http://wrvo.org North Country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum's impact http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-economic-council-gets-crash-course-fort-drums-impact <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The North Country Regional Economic Development Council, or REDC, held its most recent meeting at Fort Drum last week. The idea was to give members from the region's seven counties greater insight into how the Army post interacts with the local economy. The council also took steps to implement a new program for water and sewer project infrastructure. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:40:27 +0000 Joanna Richards 36283 at http://wrvo.org North Country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum's impact Report says state’s energy could be almost 100% renewable by 2030 http://wrvo.org/post/report-says-state-s-energy-could-be-almost-100-renewable-2030 <p>A recent study outlines a scenario that would see New York state’s energy infrastructure based on close to 100 percent renewable sources by the year 2030. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:38:40 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 35900 at http://wrvo.org Report says state’s energy could be almost 100% renewable by 2030 $25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York http://wrvo.org/post/25-million-goes-expand-broadband-access-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The state's Connect NY Broadband Grant program awarded $25 million to 18 projects on Tuesday. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:01:07 +0000 Matt Richmond 34402 at http://wrvo.org $25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York Schumer wants federal funds to upgrade Port of Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-wants-federal-funds-upgrade-port-oswego <p>The Port of Oswego could be in line for some business-boosting help from the federal government. Sen. Charles Schumer is hoping to use his clout to get some help to keep the port growing. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:49:23 +0000 Ellen Abbott 33577 at http://wrvo.org Schumer wants federal funds to upgrade Port of Oswego Local company wants American steel used in public projects http://wrvo.org/post/local-company-wants-american-steel-used-public-projects <p>Nucor Steel employs about 300 people in Auburn, New York. Company officials asked for Rep. Dan Maffei's support of infrastructure projects that use American steel, when he paid a visit recently. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:19:17 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 32976 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo will include disaster preparedness plans in State of the State http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-will-include-disaster-preparedness-plans-state-state <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to propose in his State of the State message several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:04:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31424 at http://wrvo.org Maffei promotes high speed rail http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-promotes-high-speed-rail <p>High speed rail has become a political issue across the country, including in upstate New York. Democratic Congressional hopeful Dan Maffei says the issue draws a distinction between him and his opponent in the race for the 24th Congressional district.<br>&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:24:47 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24790 at http://wrvo.org Task force investigates spending on infrastructure projects http://wrvo.org/post/task-force-investigates-spending-infrastructure-projects <p>The New York Works Task Force is touring the state explaining how it's trying to better spend taxpayer dollars on infrastructure programs, and looking for suggestions on how to do it. The Task Force Stopped in Syracuse this week during a spate of infrastructure woes.</p><p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:59:59 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24529 at http://wrvo.org Stephanie Miner hopes for more infrastructure funds for central New York http://wrvo.org/post/stephanie-miner-hopes-more-infrastructure-funds-central-new-york <p>Syracuse&rsquo;s mayor hopes her appointment to a state infrastructure commission will mean more funding for central New York.</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 15:46:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 18971 at http://wrvo.org Governor says infrastructure panel will end a "bizarre" and "wasteful" situation http://wrvo.org/post/governor-says-infrastructure-panel-will-end-bizarre-and-wasteful-situation <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed his second blue ribbon panel of the week - this time to oversee infrastructure and capital projects including road and bridge repairs for the state.</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 18:20:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 18663 at http://wrvo.org