The first phase of Erie County roadwork will focus on just over 20 miles on eight roads in the suburbs, from Concord to Clarence.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said the initial mill and overlay work on the eight roads are the first of nearly 100 miles of roads to be addressed by the Department of Public Works Division of Highways this year.
Among the roads to be repaired are Springville Boston Road in Concord (9.4 miles,) Route 240 in Colden (2.57 miles,) Goodrich Road in Clarence (2 miles,) Lake Avenue in Blasdell (1.17 miles,) Maple Street in Elma (1.6 miles,) Old Lakeshore Road in Hamburg (1.25 miles,) Maple Road in Amherst (1.03 miles,) and Lake Street in Evans (1.04 miles.) Bids will be advertised later this month.
These are considered the worst of the county's roads, said Charles Sickler, interim public works superintendent. The county hires an independent firm to prepare a report of road conditions. Roads are rated on a scale of 1 to 10.
"All our roads in sections get evaluated every two years," Sickler said.
There also is input from county maintenance engineers and workers in the field, as well as legislative and general public input, he said. If there are a number of roads in the same state of disrepair, roads with a higher traffic count get moved up on the list.
“This past winter, while not a cold one, was a tough one on our roads. The multiple freeze-thaw periods our region encountered caused significant damage to many area roads. There are a number of roads that must be addressed early in our construction season and this first phase of projects will repair those roads,” Poloncarz said.
Nearly 100 miles of roads are to be repaired as part of the proposed oil and chip, micropave, and if sufficient funds are available, a second phase of mill and overlay.
About 1,010 lane miles miles of the 2,400 lane miles of county roads have been repaired in the last four years, Poloncarz said.
“My administration remains committed to providing the best infrastructure we can, and this first phase of planned 2017 projects underscore that commitment,” said Poloncarz. “During the past four years my administration has repaired approximately 1,010 of our 2,400 lane miles of county roads."
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