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Lockport trades potholes for pizza

In January, Domino's Pizza awarded the City of Lockport a $5,000 grant in its "Paving for Pizza" program.

Domino's was making the grants nationwide, on the theory that if streets were in better condition, their pizzas might be delivered in better condition.

Lockport was chosen in an online vote as the New York winner.

Friday, a city worker spray-painted a Domino's decal on Corinthia Street.

Mayor Michelle M. Roman said the block of Corinthia between Prospect and Hawley streets wasn't originally on this year's list of streets to be repaved, but the pizza dough allowed the city to add it to the schedule.

The Domino's logo on the pavement of Corinthia Street in Lockport on Aug. 23, 2019. (Thomas J. Prohaska/Buffalo News)

Also, a couple of magnetic Domino's ads were placed on the side of the city's new "pothole killer" truck – just long enough for Roman to take a picture of them before they were removed again.

"We just thought this block was a good representation of the work we did," Roman said. The money also covered for filling hundreds of extra potholes, she said. Before the grant, the city's entire pothole repair budget was $60,000.

As it happens, Common Council President Mark S. Devine lives on that block of Corinthia. He said his neighbors had been griping because other parts of Corinthia had been repaved, but not his home block, which looked kind of crusty.

"They weren't going to vote for me," Devine said. "It was terrible."

The logo was applied with water-soluble paint, so it probably won't be there long.

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