Conner Road Repairs Up in the Air

Clarence, NY - Neighbors on Conner Road in Clarence have spent the past 13 years asking Erie County to fix their road. Despite money already being set aside for the project, progress isn't being made.

"Just more frustration, more disappointment, and we don't understand it," says Conner road resident Liz Benkovich.

That's how Benkovich feels when she sees progress being made on County Road. It intersects with Conner Road, which is where she has lived for 23 years.

"All we really want is people to take a look at this and say this makes sense when we compare this to all the other projects in the county, this has got to move to the top of the list," she says.

Benkovitch is a member of the Conner Road Crusaders. Last month, the group wrote a letter to the county asking once again for help fixing the county-owned road. Last week, they got a response.

The county told neighbors there is money set aside for the project in this year's highway budget, but so far the town and county have not agreed on a joint approach for ownership and maintenance of the road. Erie County wants to spend $500,000 fixing it before the end of construction season, but that's dependent on the Town of Clarence agreeing to take over ownership of Conner Road after the work is done.

Benkovitch questions the county's numbers.

"$500,000 is one-third the amount that we need. So the $500,000 allocation is for the cleaning of the ditches, but the real issue on top of that is the water problem. The fact that there are no shoulders, and they won't repair the road until the water problem is fixed," she says.

The Crusaders are stuck without a timeline because the county and town have not scheduled a meeting. A county spokesperson says they have been trying to set one up with the town supervisor for several weeks.

"This is a safety issue. It's not cosmetic. We understand that there are many roads that have been, that are in rough shape because of the tough winter, and those roads can be repaired and roads all over Erie County and Clarence are being repaired for potholes. But this isn't a pothole issue this is a major renovation," says Benkovitch.

The Town of Clarence Highway Supervisor told us Friday that the town attorney is now handling all of this. The attorney's office says the town supervisor is the one to talk to, and he's out of the office until Monday.


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