LITTLE VALLEY – Because of the high cost of road maintenance, Cattaraugus County officials are transferring responsibility for maintenance of some county roads to smaller communities.

One of these roads, the 2.5-mile stretch of Wolf Run Road that leads into Allegany County, is being considered for transfer to the Town of Portville. The road extends off Haskell Road, a link between the City of Olean and the Village of Cuba.

Members of the County Legislature’s Public Works Committee heard plans recently to transfer the road to the town for maintenance and responsibility.

“The town has expressed interest in acquiring this road,” said Joseph Pillittere, commissioner of the county’s Public Works Department.

According to Pillittere, the department spends $45,800 a year to maintain the roadway. That cost covers striping, resurfacing and plowing. Primary repairs would be made, and the road would be brought up to county standards before the transfer, according to Mark Burr, engineer for the county.

Winter conditions and plowing have also raised concerns about potholes throughout the county. John R. “Jack” Searles, county administrator, said the condition of many roads has deteriorated due to potholes.

“I know people want us to fix them right away, and we will get to them,” Pillittere said.

“We have a scheduled maintenance routine. We have other roads that we have to be doing to stay on our striping and surfacing routine, as well.

“If we move out of the maintenance schedule, we could end up going back and missing an area,” he said.

Pillittere said his crews would fix potholes as soon as possible. The plan is to use cold patch where available and hot patch when the paving plant reopens in mid-April or early May.

Residents living along Pigeon Valley Road can expect to see some improvements.

Pillittere said the road has been identified as an area of concern, and a plan will be developed to fix it. “The road is very bad,” he said. “We are developing a plan to make it safer.”

Yankee Road in the Town of Otto has the same problems, Pillittere said.

Until the weather improves and a plan has been developed, snow removal will be done at slower speeds and with additional staff to minimize damage, he said.