Hopkins Road Finally Getting Fixed

AMHERST, NY – Thursday night, neighbors who live on Hopkins Road in Amherst got the news they have been waiting more than a decade for.

Their road, which is falling into Ransom Creek, will get a permanent fix.

"It doesn't look country anymore," says Carol Gallagher.

Gallagher has lived in her Hopkins Road home for 49 years. She has dealt with the road problems for 15 of those years.

Gallagher is looking forward to having her view back.

"It's terrible because we used to look across there and see the open field. We'd see deer over there. Now we have jersey barriers, guard rails. We never used to have guard rails," she says.

This stretch of Hopkins Road in North Amherst is open only to the Gallaghers and their neighbors.

Jersey barriers limit it to one lane because there is no pavement on the other side.

"When it rains, we have six feet of water in front of our mailbox. I have to wear boots to get to the mailbox," says Gallagher.

And, those guard rails - one of many temporary fixes throughout the years - are now several feet from where they were first installed.

"When you go and look at it now, this guard rail is way down," she says.

Thursday night, Gallagher heard first-hand about the permanent $2.3-million solution coming to her road.

Funded mostly by county tax dollars, first crews will reconstruct the road, then, they will strengthen the bank by using concrete, dirt and vegetation.

Erie County Legislator Ed Rath says this is the only road he knows of in the county that is falling off into a creek.

"This problem has been going on for a long time. Is there a long term solution?" asked Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik.

"There is. This project has been going on, and the project has been going on for over 15 years. And the residents of this area of North Amherst have been very patient waiting for the county to step forward and provide a long term solution. This is a long term solution that could last one-hundred years," says Rath.

"It's finally happening after all these years. It's been next year, you know, it's gonna happen in 2006 and it doesn't happen and then it's, well, next year. Next year, but now there's evidence that it's started and it's gonna happen. It's gonna happen and it's gonna be good," says Gallagher.

Construction starts April 21. The county says all of the work should be done by the end of the year.


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