Modified: April 27, 2021 3:02pm
The Erie County Department of Public Works Highways’ Division has announced the initial 2021 program of county roads identified for repairs, including roads in each of the county’s five highway districts, with mill and overlay work designated for several roads that sustained damage over the winter along with an extensive pavement preservation program for roads in outlying areas. Nearly $29 million will be invested in infrastructure projects in 2021 with anticipated start times and completion dates for all projects weather-dependent.
“This summer will be a busy one and our highway crews will be addressing infrastructure needs all across Erie County as part of our nearly $26 million investment,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “With 2,400 lane miles of road to maintain, Erie County has a large responsibility to repair and maintain our infrastructure. Many of the road projects we plan on doing will be paid for out of 2021 capital borrowing, and I call on the Legislature to pass the borrowing resolution this Thursday so we can begin many of these projects in May.”
Erie County Commissioner of Public Works William Geary added, “Each year and all year, the Department of Public Works is on the job taking care of our roads in all seasons. In 2021 we have a number of road projects that span the county and will bring improved road conditions for motorists countywide.”
Mill and overlay operations investing over $3 million are planned for over sixteen miles of county roads in 2021:
- Harris Hill Rd (from Sheridan Dr. to Rte. 5, 0.91 miles) in the Town of Clarence and
- Harris Hill Rd. (from Greiner to Sheridan Dr., 0.77 miles) in the Town of Clarence;
- In the Town of Hamburg, Taylor Rd. (from East Eden Rd. to North Boston Rd., 2.63 miles), and
- McKinley Parkway (from Rte. 391 to Clark Street);
- Webster Rd. (from Abbott Rd. to California Rd., 0.38 miles) in the Town of Orchard Park;
- Partridge (from Center Rd. to Hayes Hollow, 1.67 miles) in the Town of Colden;
- In the Town of Amherst, Hopkins Rd. (from Dodge Rd. to Schoelles, 2.03 miles) and
- North Ellicott Creek Rd. (from Niagara Falls Blvd. to Sweet Home Rd., 1.26 miles);
- In the Town of Tonawanda, Two Mile Creek Rd. (from Fire Tower to Kenmore Rd., 1.6 miles) and
- Baseline Rd. (from Whitehaven Rd. to Bush Rd., 3.2 miles) in the Town of Grand Island.
Over $2.6 million will be invested in cold recycling/top course treatment projects, covering nearly thirteen miles of county roads:
- Salt Rd. (from Main to County Line, 3.47 miles) in the Town of Clarence;
- Duerr Rd. (from Armor-Duells to Thorn, 1.15 miles) in the Town of Orchard Park;
- Middle Rd. (from Springville-Boston Rd. to Pratham, 2.81 miles) in the Town of Concord/Sardinia;
- Heath Rd. (from Hayes Hollow to Rte. 240, 1.72 miles) in the Town of Colden and
- Hayes Hollow Rd. (from Partridge to Holland-Glenwood, 2.21 miles) in Colden; and
- Zenner Rd. (1.5 miles) in the Town of Eden/Boston.
Several mill and overlay/reconstruction projects are also slated to begin in 2021, including:
- Reconstruction of Alden-Crittenden Rd. (from Rte. 20 to Spring Creek and Bullis Rd.) in the Town of Alden; this $5 million investment uses 2020 and 2021 capital funding and is anticipated to begin in summer 2021;
- Continuing reconstruction of Maple Rd. (from Hopkins Rd. to Transit Rd.) in the Town of Amherst; this is a $3 million federal aid project using 2018-19 federal funding that is continuing with drainage work this year;
- A $3 million 2020 capital funding investment in the rehabilitation of East and West Rd. (from Orchard Park Rd. to Union Rd.) in the Town of West Seneca. This project is entering Phase II, improvement of drainage;
- Phase II continues for the $2.5 million rehabilitation and reconstruction of North Main St. (from Woodward to Rte. 5) in the Town of Evans, a 2020 capital funding project; and
- A Spring 2022 start is anticipated for the Wehrle Dr. overlay project in the Town of Amherst, a $2.4 million federal aid project.
Additional infrastructure improvements anticipated for 2021 include miscellaneous culvert repairs and replacements countywide as well as bridge painting and repair on the Leydecker Rd. bridge in the Town of West Seneca. In addition, the pavement preservation program will address over 75 miles of road for an additional investment of nearly $3,000,000.
For more information:
On the Erie County Department of Public Works, visit https://www2.erie.gov/dpw/
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