Deteriorating Bridges and Narrow Roadways Causing Concern in Depew

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

DEPEW, NY (WKBW) One local mayor is voicing his concerns on deteriorating bridges and narrow roads in his community.

Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman says he and members of the Depew community have been concerned for years over the railroad bridges on Transit Road.

“It’s only a matter of time before we have a tragedy on this road,” said Hoffman. “The road right now is eight feet below minimum standards. Our emergency fire trucks have problems coming down this roadway. They’ve hit the bridges with their mirrors while responding to calls.”

Mayor Hoffman says the bridge disarray has been the cause of six fatalities in the last twelve years. He says even after many meetings with both the county and the state, nothing has been done.

“I want to see the state finally do something for this stretch of Depew,” Hoffman told Eyewitness News. “The state has fixed the roadway to the North and the South but has done nothing here.”

The bridges are seventy-seven years old and each owned by different entities: CSX Transportation, Norfolk Transportation and Erie County.

The project would cost the state an estimated sixty-million-dollars and that includes re-doing all four bridges which may not be needed.

Hoffman says residents need to voice their concerns to upper state level politicians.