Dangerous Road In Northtowns Concerns Residents

September 27, 2013 Updated May 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT


Should an emergency happen along Hopkins Road, emergency personnel wouldn't be able to get there. The problem? The road is crumbling along the creek. The soil in that area is made up of a very sensitive clay, when it's disturbed it looses its strength.

"If you think of a house of cards...if you build a house of cards very carefully it'll support a little weight but as soon as you disturb it, everything falls and goes flat and it won't hold anything," said Brian Rose an Erie County Engineer.

Moisture in the area also contributes to the road's erosion. Workers initially planned to repair a 750-foot stretch of road, but the problem has gotten worse.

"At this time, 2010, we have over 2100 feet of slope that has to be repaired, that's almost three times as much that has to be done and I think it's still growing," said Sophie Baj from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Also still growing is the price tag for repairs.

"Who knows what that cost is. Our initial costs was maybe $5 million...it could go up beyond that," said Baj.

Officials have put up barricades and temporary drainages, but they're just that, temporary. Engineers have a project design ready to go, but now they have to determine how they're going to pay for it all. Since the problem has gotten worse over time it could cost up to $6 million. That money would need to come from the county. Officials hope to have an exact price tag at the end of June.