State Sen. Pamela Helming, R-54th Dist., recently announced two Ontario County road paving and repair projects totaling $3.8 million and 13.4 miles will be completed this year with support from capital construction funds in the state budget and funding for infrastructure improvements.

One project will focus on 2.4 miles on state Route 247 to state Route 5 and 20 in the towns of Gorham and Hopewell. Its expected cost is $400,000.

The second project includes 11 miles on state Route 5 and 20 between Lakeshore Drive and the Seneca-Geneva town line in the towns of Hopewell and Seneca. It is budgeted for $3.4 million.

These projects, meant to enhance safety and improve traffic flow, are designed to complement Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s plan to drive economic growth and community development.

“These projects to repave and repair roadways across Wayne County and the Finger Lakes region will not only ensure that motorists have safe, smooth roads to drive on as they travel throughout our communities, but also turn businesses and industries into destinations along these roads,” Helming said. “Including money in the state budget this year to both maintain the roadways of the Finger Lakes region and support the businesses and industries around the area was a top priority for me.”

Additional projects include sections of state Route 14 from state Route 104 to the village of Sodus Point in the town of Sodus, state Route 370 between state Route 104 and Westbury Road in the towns of Wolcott and Butler and state Route 5 and 20 in the town of Waterloo.

The maintenance projects will keep roadways throughout the 54th District in good condition and prevent more costly and in-depth repairs while improving safety and ensuring that the region remains economically competitive. These roadways serve as connectors for communities, linking residents to downtowns, business districts and industries.

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