BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Every year around this time, we hear about road construction jobs that have not started or are not done.
A trio of Erie County Republican legislators called out County Executive Mark Poloncarz for not doing enough to address rural roads in dire need of repair.
“Over 55% of the roads that are designated in Erie County as either in fair or poor conditions,” said Legislator Ed Rath. “It's a crisis in Erie County of infrastructure, if we don't address it we'll have more accidents, injuries, fatalities, which we've experienced in Erie County because of our road conditions.”
Poloncarz didn’t hold back from responding. “We will be spending all of our funds that we have allocated for roads this year and if they want more road projects to be done, then they need to give me more money to do it."
It costs $450,000 per mile to repair two lanes of road according to Poloncarz.
Over 100 residents have signed a petition demanding the DPW and County Executive fix Springville-Boston Road in the Town of Concord.
“This is not a political issue, this is a prioritization issue,” said Rath.