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Tonawanda Creek Road reconstruction begins in Clarence

Posted at 7:52 PM, Feb 28, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A major reconstruction project is now underway on Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence.

The repairing and stabilization project focuses on 900 feet of road that collapsed in 2014 and led to the closure of that part of the road. About 550 linear feet of embankment reconstruction is required. Crews will use dry soil mixing to stabilize weak subsurface soils so a geosynthetically reinforced embankment can be built above.

The work is part of a multi-million dollar project between both Niagara and Erie Counties as Tonawanda Creek Road crosses county lines. The Clarence portion makes about about $2 million of the project's total $7 million cost. It is being paid for by federal and state aid.

"Due to the complexity of stabilizing the creek bank and then rebuilding the road, we knew the project would be costly and would take some time to complete but we said it would get done and now it is happening," said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. "By comparison, if we were to spend $2 million on mill and overlay road projects elsewhere in the county we could repair eight miles of road rather than 900 feet."

Paving is expected to begin in the spring.