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County hopes for federal funds to fix Maple Road

The solution to a rough road in Erie County might lie in Washington, D.C. The stretch of Maple Road between Niagara Falls Boulevard and North Bailey Avenue in Amherst was brought to Fix It's attention by a reader in response to our search for the area's worst potholes.

"We're not just talking about potholes here," she said. "It's the entire road. It's so rough you have to worry about damaging your car when you drive over it."

She was not the only reader who complained about that road, with most wondering what could be done about it.

Erie County Commissioner of Public Works Gerard J. Sentz said Saturday that the road is part of a capital project that may be helped by the stimulus bill just passed by Congress.

Depending on that package, the project could be eligible for federal aid reimbursement, he said.

"It actually could be done this year," Sentz said.

Complaints about potholes have been coming in to Fix It earlier than normal this year, ranging from Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls to Willet Road in Blasdell.

While most municipalities use cold patch for repair work in the winter months, Sentz said conditions that affect public safety get attention first.

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