The 30,000 motorists who travel daily on Maple Road in Amherst should notice a much smoother ride along a previously bumpy one-mile stretch.
Work to repave Maple between North Forest and Hopkins roads is finished after five weeks of obstructed traffic, said Charlie Sickler, Erie County's deputy commissioner of highways. Only simple manhole adjustments are left to do next week, he said.
The entire stretch was paved with a 2½-inch layer of fine asphalt reinforced with fiberglass threads, which is expected to provide added strength. The $862,318 project also involved repairing the concrete expansion joints, which were mainly responsible for the cracks in Maple's top asphalt layer.
County engineers are eyeing another stretch of Maple, from Hopkins to Transit Road, for repaving next year.