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Road construction crews continue with repairs despite wet and cold spring

Posted: 5:18 PM, May 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-21 17:19:19-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's been a less-than-favorable spring season so far.

Cold and soggy conditions are making it difficult for road construction workers to do their job.

So they changed plans: they're pushing back paving - which usually gets priority - and are working on storm water drainage projects.

"With last summer's rainfall that we received, this is an area that was flooded. So in April, when we were getting hit with all the rain and everything, we started the construction on Dubonet and Bory," said Mark Wegner, Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent.

"We put two 30-inch pipes down each of these streets, and then Dubonet they're tapped into, so that will take a lot of water off the roads, and not go into the houses," he said.

Wegner said the change to spring road construction plans is to try and accommodate Mother Nature, and to stay on track with their annual infrastructure plan.

"We're moving everyday, we go whether it's rain or snow. We're working," he said.

Wegner said his crews are working with the general contractor, and already completed the storm water drainage portion of the projects on Viola/Creekside, Schuster/Schlenker, and the Southern/Central area.