Road Construction Season Begins

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Crews are preparing to lay new asphalt on roads throughout Western New York that got a terrible beating. Starting Monday, road work will begin on the Route 219. This particular project will close one lane at a time.

"We will be milling off the top layer of asphalt pavement and replacing that with new material," Dan Paskie with NYSDOT said.

The $6.9 million dollar project includes the stretch of route 219 from Hamburg to Springville and will begin in the southbound direction. It's a priority because of conditions and should be complete around the beginning of August.

Construction Engineer Dan Paskie said, "the road is starting to show signs of wear and tear and certainly the winter has made conditions worse."

Toll lanes will temporarily close starting April 20th on the northbound South Grand Island Bridge for pavement improvements.

"We have a lot more work to do this year than we've had for many years," Charlie Sickler said.

Erie County crews have already gotten a head start with pothole and patching work in preparation for the upcoming paving season. The Erie County Highway department will present a list to the county legislature of about 20 or more roads that need repairs next week, based on high traffic and asphalt condition. Those roads include Goodrich Road in Clarence, Hopkins Road in Amherst and Sowles Road down in Hamburg.

Erie County is doing about $5 million dollars more in road work this year compared to last year. Potholes have created more work, but so far they have not halted planned road projects.

Crews remind drivers to go slow for the cone zone.


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