Some people may have noticed some repair work underway on a retaining wall near the soon-to-be opened new Route 219 Expressway. They contacted our tipline to find out what happened, and if taxpayers must cover the cost of some apparent repair work on that wall.
The wall is used to help cover an embankment for the new bridge which will carry the new 219 highway over the old 219 and the Cattaraugus Creek.
DOT Spokesperson Susan Surdej says there is a structural defect in the wall which the subcontractor is repairing at that firm's own expense. She also stresses that the wall is actually cosmetic and has no impact on the structural integrity of the embankment or the bridge.
Surdej says the subcontractor has been removed from project lists for the agency because of this problem.
The new portion of the 219 Expressway is slated to open for motorists on Friday afternoon.