Construction Complete at Two Aero Drive Intersections

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 5:47 PM EDT

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Construction Complete at Two Aero Drive Intersections

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 5:47 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Legislator Raymond Walter and Commissioner of Public Works Jerry Sentz announced Friday that construction of roundabouts at two highly traveled intersections in Cheektowaga is now complete.

The intersections at Youngs Road/Aero Drive and Holtz Road/Aero Drive, previously cited for safety and material concerns, are finished and open for traffic after full reconstruction.

“Roundabouts were chosen here to address safety and functionality concerns at both intersections,” said Collins. “This decision is evidence of what our Department of Public Works in Erie County has done and continues to do to maintain and improve the conditions of our roads and bridges, something that my administration continues to identify as a top priority.”

Youngs Road/Aero Drive was classified as unsafe and in pressing need of new pavement. The accident rate at this intersection was above the statewide average for similar intersections, and as a key link to several highly traveled highways, immediate improvements were needed.

The intersection at Holtz Road/Aero Drive was cited for speed and traffic concerns. A new roundabout design was constructed as a safer alternative to the dangerous corner that was there previously, and upgraded traffic signs were installed to direct travelers at a slower speed.

“I am pleased to be here to help announce that another crucial road project in Erie County is complete. Once again, the County did its due diligence to ensure that safety concerns were addressed,” Walter said. “In line with County Executive Collins, one of my top priorities in office has been to push for and support maintenance projects that invest in our infrastructure in a cost-effective manner. Completion of this heavily traveled roadway addresses the needs of everyone who travels this section.”

“Studies have shown that properly designed roundabouts are much safer for drivers than intersections controlled by traffic signals,” said Sentz. “The obvious need for these two roundabouts on Aero Drive was clear, and I thank County Executive Collins and Legislator Walter for their leadership, and for providing my department with the funds necessary to improve the conditions of these two intersections for drivers.”

The Holtz Road/Aero Drive project is costing County taxpayers $443,000. The Youngs Road/Aero Drive intersection was primarily funded with state and federal dollars, with County taxpayers funding five percent of the total $745,000 price tag.