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Spring roadwork to begin Monday in Amherst

The spring roadwork season begins Monday in the Town of Amherst with the milling of four streets, town officials said.

Crews will remove the top layers of asphalt from Stony Creek Drive, Greenboro Court, Carolilly Court and Lehn Springs Drive, said Highway Superintendent Patrick G. Lucey Jr.

They are four of the town's roads identified as being in the worst condition, and four of up to 25 roads to be improved this year, Lucey said.

"We target the roads at least a year in advance," he said. "We know what we can't get to this year – what we want to get to next year."

Paving should begin in early May, once the town receives the new paving machine it purchased, he said.

"When we start in May we'll go straight through," he said. "We won't stop until probably mid or late October unless the weather really turns unseasonable for that."

Motorists can call the Highway Department at 631-7117 to report a pothole. The department fields one or two complaints a day.

"We haven't really had a lot," Lucey said. "The winter really hasn't been that hard on the roads this year."

Crews are dispatched to fix a pothole within 24 hours of a complaint, he said. Motorists can even call with a pothole complaint about a state road, or a road maintained by Erie County such as Maple Road.

"I think we get calls three times every day about Maple, which we refer to the county," Lucey said. "We can do that for the people if it's a state road, too. We'll contact state DOT."

Meanwhile, the Highway Department is beginning other duties, including brush pickup, tree trimming and ditch cleaning, Lucey said.

"We'll start maintaining the parks very shortly – cutting the grass, getting the ball diamonds and fields ready to go for playing conditions," he said. "Springtime just brings a whole different slew of jobs you just don't tackle in the wintertime."

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