Warm weather allows crews to continue road work

Posted at 4:53 PM, Dec 09, 2015

Town of Tonawanda and Riverside residents got what they asked for. County crews just last week wrapped up construction under the CSX railroad bridge near Kenmore Avenue and Ontario Street.

"Addressing the long-standing issues at Kenmore Avenue viaduct has been one of my highest priorities since taking office," Erie County Legislator Peter Savage said.

The $300,000 project adds new drains, guard rails and pavement to the portion of the road under the bridge that Savage said he took calls on every day. He said the major issues was how it would flood and the county would often have to close the road.

And it's all possible thanks to the warm weather, which allowed county workers to work into December. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that this nice weather not only helps the county this year but in 2016.

"We will not be having to catch up with a project that we were unable to finish in 2015 so we'll have a brand new clean slate. We're getting to a position where we should be in government, which is not catching up after years of neglect but just doing the usual road maintenance that you'd like to see on an annual basis."

Poloncarz says the county plans to continue focusing on fixing roads next year and will likely start once the snow melts - if it ever comes.

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