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Fruit Belt: the sinkhole problem

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 17:55:23-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo's Fruit Belt is home to some of the worst driving roads in the city, largely because of the high amount of sinkholes. One Fruit Belt resident, Lydia Jones, has kept her eye on them over the last several years. She says she's discovered more than 90 across the neighborhood.

“The fruit belt is the oldest neighborhood in Buffalo, when you disturb pipes and disturb the land you disturb our resource for living," Jones said.

Jones believes the recent construction in the Medical Corridor is to blame for the sinkhole problem because of the pipes and ground that, she says, have shifted beneath the Fruit Belt streets.

Common Council President, Darius Pridgen, has allocated $50,000 in the city's budget to investigate the problem.

"Some of this is from utilities underneath the ground, some is from water main breaks," Pridgen said. "It's a quality of life issue. No one wants to live on a street with a giant hole in the middle and have to go around it."

Pridgen says there is also infrastructure funding set aside that will hopefully be used for a solution.