Broome County receives new roadwork equipment

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New York State is providing some new roadwork equipment for all towns and villages in Broome County to share.

State Senator Fred Akshar was joined by local officials Friday outside the Town of Union Highway Garage to announce the purchase of a new excavator, rubber tire roller, and road widener.

The Dormitory Authority of New York State provided the $360,000 to purchase the three pieces of heavy equipment.

They’ll be kept and maintained at the Town of Union, but can be used by other local municipalities in the county under a shared services agreement.

Local highway superintendents say it’s far more economical to share the specialized road repair machines.

“It’s a next generation excavator. It’s got some pretty good technology on it, so there’s going to be a little learning curve.  But we’re going to put it in service and see what it does,” said Kupiec.

Kupiec says training on the new Cat 320 Next Generation Excavator will begin on Monday.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak says these new pieces replace older equipment that was originally secured by the late State Senator Tom Libous and was also shared among the local towns and villages.

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