Local town wants road with 63 potholes fixed

Holland Wants Road With 63 Potholes Fixed

HOLLAND, NY - There is a road in the Southtowns that has 63 potholes -- 63 of them, over the stretch of a few miles.

The supervisor of the Town of Holland, Michael Kasprzyk, is raising concern about how dangerous Whitney Road is and wants Erie County to fix it after years of neglect. 

2 On Your Side drove down Whitney Road Thursday and it is bumpy, it is windy, and there are parts of this road, in order to dodge potholes, you are forced to cross the yellow line. 
 
We strapped a Go Pro on one of our news vehicles, so you could go along for the ride with us. Whitney Road in Holland is owned by Erie County. Parts of Whitney are terrible, at times the potholes are isolated and you can just go around them.
 
Other times, the potholes come in bunches and you're forced to hit them or cross the yellow line.  Imagine driving this everyday.
 
"It's a joke, Erie County should just be ashamed," Marge Wnek said.  She has some tough words for those who are in charge of maintaining Erie County roads, as she's lived on Whitney for more than 20 years. 
 
"At least 10 years have been bad; people take the other roads now it's that bad," she said.
 
Here's something we found: Whitney Road runs into Wyoming County, and when we went over the county line, it's smooth sailing.
 
The Holland town supervisor has sent a letter to Legislator Joseph Lorigo, who represents Holland, asking for the road to be repaired and calling the road, "a serious safety concern," where "safe travel is impossible," and that by the town's count there are 63 potholes. 
 
REPORTER: What are you doing about this situation?
 
"I'm doing everything I can, the legislature can't decide or doesn't have the power to decide, which roads are repaired, we can certainly advocate for the repair," Lorigo said.
 
REPORTER: So you have gone to the administration saying 'look Whitney Road is a problem?'
 
"Yes," Lorigo said.
 
REPORTER: And what are the answers that you get back?
 
"Same thing we get back on every road issue: money, time, resources," he said. 
 
REPORTER: How hard are you going to advocate for that road project getting done?
 
"We've already been in touch with the interim DPW commissioner, they are definitely going to do patching this year and they're hopefully going to do a re-pave which is about $250,000," Lorigo said.
 
But Wnek has a different idea about what should be done. 

"They need to tear it down and rebuild, quit patching it," Wnek says. 

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