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MORE ROADS WILL BE FIXED THIS SUMMER

A higher than usual number of highway miles will be paved and fixed by Erie County crews this summer, under a road improvement plan approved by the County Legislature this week.

Legislators debated which roads would be paved and improved in a meeting behind closed doors Thursday and emerged to adopt the list as official.

The total cost of the repairs will be $5.8 million.

Maria C. Lehman, the county's commissioner of public works, said the county is getting a good price for the roadwork since delayed state contracts mean construction companies are eager for work this season.

"Contractors are hungry this year," Lehman said.

The county's roadwork will total 220 miles this season, up from the usual 170 to 180 miles during a normal season, Lehman said. The work should run through November, she said.

The roads include:

In the Southtowns: Newton Road in Hamburg; Mayer Road in Boston; South Freeman Road and Powers roads, both in Orchard Park; Sturgeon Point Road in Evans; Bullis Road in Marilla; School Street in North Collins; Bowen and West Blood roads in Elma; and Knox Road in Aurora.

In the Northtowns: Townline Road in Alden and Lancaster; Wende Road in Alden; Harris Hill and Shimerville roads in Clarence; Long, Stoney Point and Love roads, all on Grand Island; Mill Street and New Road in Amherst; Creekside Road in the Town of Tonawanda; Buckwheat Road in Newstead and Alden; and Cummings Road in Newstead.

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