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DEC seeks comments on Tonawanda Creek Road repair plans

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments before Wednesday on a federally funded $9.45 million plan to shore up the Tonawanda Creek roads in Lockport and Clarence, while repaving part of Tonawanda Creek Road North in Pendleton.

The Clarence road has been closed since June 2014, while the road on the Town of Lockport side is threatened.

"That road is still functional, but we're concerned that over time, the road will fail," said Garret Meal, Niagara County public works commissioner.

The Clarence portion of the project involves stabilizing 600 feet of the creek's south bank and rebuilding the road, between Westphalinger and Northfield roads. In 2016, officials announced that repairs were expected in 2020.

In Lockport, the plan calls for stabilizing 1,000 feet of the north bank near Lockwood Lane to prevent future erosion.

The Pendleton road is not threatened with collapse, Meal said.

Comments must be mailed to DEC Region 9 Headquarters, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203.

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