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Erie County completes 172 miles of patch work on rural roads

Erie County has ended its 2016 rural road repair program, patching and resurfacing 172 miles of gravel roads in Aurora, Clarence, East Concord and Hamburg.

Beginning in May, county crews used more than 12,000 tons of patch to repair potholes, then used 23,200 tons of stone and over three-quarters of a million gallons of asphalt emulsion in an oil-and-chip process to protect the roads’ surfaces.

“It’s an oily substance that keeps the chips in place and holds the dust down, while also protecting the road surface,” said Peter A. Anderson, a spokesman for Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

“This is the kind of treatment that works better on rural roads that are not paved or made of concrete,” Anderson added.

Poloncarz said the county Highway Division crews were provided with ideal weather to repair the roads, taking advantage of the drought-like conditions to extend their efforts as far as possible.

Crews repaired 52 centerline miles of roads in the Aurora area, 30 miles in the Clarence area, 45 miles in East Concord, and 45 miles in the Hamburg area.

The total cost of this summer’s “oil and chip” road repair operations was about $3 million. The repairs covered nearly 15% of Erie County’s 1,200 miles of roads.

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