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Hopkins Road reconstruction gets finishing touches

A $2.8 million reconstruction and stabilization project on Hopkins Road in Amherst is nearly finished, with only minor work left to be completed.

The project involved roughly 2,750 linear feet of Hopkins Road and 200 linear feet of Smith Road. Hopkins Road from Smith Road to Tonawanda Creek Road has been reduced to one lane for the last several years because of soil instability.

“Full usage of this road has been restored by this project, removing the daily inconveniences that had been encountered by motorists who travel this route daily and improving sightlines and drainage,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said Friday. “Hopkins Road is one of the over 2,400 lane miles of road Erie County has in its inventory, and we continue to work to maintain and improve all of them.”

The project began on April 22, 2014, and included installation of a new closed drainage system along Hopkins Road, new closed drainage along 1,000 linear feet of Smith Road, new cross culverts and roadway embankment reconstruction.