Erie County Completes Reconstruction of Wehrle Drive in Amherst

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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: Erie County Executive Chris Collins announces the completion of the Wehrle Drive reconstruction project in the Town of Amherst with (left to right) Erie County Director of Engineering Charles Sickler, Public Works Commissioner Jerry Sentz, and Roseanne DiPizio of DiPizio Construction.

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM EDT

Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Erie County Executive Chris Collins officially re-opened Wehrle Drive in Amherst on Monday. 

The multi-year project involved the total reconstruction and widening of a 2.2 mile section of Wehrle Drive, from the bridge over Ellicott Creek to Transit Road.   The section of road from the Village of Williamsville line to Transit Road is now five lanes wide, while the section from the Village line to Ellicott Creek Bridge is now three lines wide.  The section of Wehrle Drive is a critical east-west corridor in Amherst traveled by more than 15,000 vehicles per-day.

The reconstruction of Wehrle Drive cost a total of $17 million and is the largest Federal Aid project completed by Erie County.   The federal government covered 80 percent of the cost, with New York State paying 15 percent and Erie County responsible for 5 percent of the total price tag.

“We continue to make great strides in replacing and repairing the County’s roadways and bridges,” said Erie County Executive Chris Collins.  “My administration inherited an aging and neglected infrastructure.  My administration, through our Department of Public Works, is investing more money, prioritizing projects in every corner of Erie County and making our roadways and bridges safer for the traveling public.”

As part of the project, the major intersection of Wehrle Drive and Youngs Road was also reconstructed.  The total project included new concrete curb, gutters, and sidewalks, a new closed drainage system, and five new traffic signals.  The contractor for this project t is DiPizio Construction, with design work performed by Stantec engineers.  The project was bid in March of 2008 and completed earlier this summer.