May Column: Road and Infrastructure Update

The weather is finally beginning to cooperate, which means we can start to see some of our county Department of Public Works crews addressing troublesome roads throughout the district. While the county is moving toward progress on some projects, I am continuing my push for improvements in all areas necessary for the safety of our community. 

Two weeks ago, I received a list of initial repairs slated for 2018. The Department of Public Works reports we can expect mill and overlay work on Dodge Road from Hopkins Road to Campbell Road, Hopkins Road from Sheridan Drive to Maple Road and North French Road from Transit Road to Millersport Highway. While this will certainly provide some relief, it’s important to note that this list is just a start.

A portion of Goodrich Road, between Keller Road and Greiner Road, is scheduled for reconstruction in 2018; however, the timeline is unclear. I have contacted the administration looking for an update on this particular project. This stretch of road has been a significant public safety concern for many residents in the Town of Clarence. Potholes, cracks and crumbling infrastructure make travel difficult for both drivers and pedestrians. In my recent letter to DPW, I emphasized that residents often utilize Goodrich Road to run or bike to the Clarence bike-path. I am aware that this is a costly, long-term process, but the deteriorated shoulders create a dangerous situation for people and their families. 

Additionally, work on the closed section of Tonawanda Creek Road is finally expected to begin this year. After four years of waiting and petitioning for work to be done, I am pleased that our county administration joined forces with Niagara County to complete this project. I will continue to strongly advocate that shovels hit the ground this year on reconstruction to ease the burden on the hundreds of commuters who have been inconvenienced by this road closure.

In other news, I am pleased to announce completion of a four-way stop at the intersection of County Road, Salt Road, and Hunts-Corner Road. I heard from many residents who expressed safety concerns with this crossing. After much deliberation, a traffic analysis and work with DPW on safety solutions to those concerns, my office received notice early this year that the four-way stop sign was going up this Spring. As of this week, the stop signs have been installed.

I look forward to continuing my conversations with the county executive and DPW to push these projects forward. Many of these repairs are costly and take time, so I appreciate your patience as I advocate for them. In the meantime, please be mindful of our road crews. It is important to slow down and abide by all posted signage.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact my office at 858-8676 or email edward.rath@erie.gov.

Legislator Rath

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Legislator Edward A. Rath III - District 6
Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202