A drainage issue that has plagued Boston Cross Road in the Town of Boston for a few years will be fixed beginning this spring, as the Town Board announced Wednesday that it was successful in its bid to receive a Community Development Block Grant.
As a result of the bid, which takes place each fall, Erie County officials informed the Boston Town Board that the project - one of 10 that were chosen to receive funding - is scheduled to receive $100,000.
“We finally got it,” said Councilman Jeffrey A. Genzel, who has been spearheading attempts to get the issue fixed for more than two years. The portion of the road that is slated to be fixed runs from Boston State Road to about St. John the Baptist Church on Boston Cross Road.
“We’re hoping to be shovel-ready April 1,” Genzel said, noting that the next phase will be for engineers to design the project and that April 1 is tentative.
“That $100,000 is huge,” said Councilman Jay P. Boardway. According to Boardway, the Town of Boston was unsuccessful in attempting to receive block grant funding for the project the year before, and he credited Genzel for fighting to get the money.
Genzel said that overall, the county received 30 requests for block grant funding for various projects and the Boston Cross Road project was one of only 10 that were awarded.
No time frame was given on how long it would take to complete the project.