Tonawanda News


July 7, 2013

Riding roughshod

NT's road plan for the summer 
to address last of major repairs

Tonawanda News — With months of wet weather and a budgetary framework of $900,000 to pave 10 miles of streets in North Tonawanda by the end of the year, new technology will allow the city to push its completion deadline through, even during colder months, allowing those roadblocks to fall by the wayside. 

This according to Brad Rowles, Department of Public Works supervisor, who said a lower-temperature asphalt that remains workable even in frigid temperatures will keep his crews working late into the fall, along with the fact that the city now recycles and reuses much of the pavement through a novel milling process, which also means a hearty chunk of the work will add a cost-savings aspect. 

“We’re just trying to crunch them in as quick as we can and trying to get the most bang for our buck,” Rowles said. “That is the three-year plan. This is the third year of our three-year plan. By the end of this paving season, if you drive down the main streets in the City of North Tonawanda, it’s going to be a pretty smooth ride.” 

When 2013 comes to an end, North Tonawanda will have spent more than $2 million over the last three years — about half of which was funded through federal dollars — to fix its ailing roads, a year-by-year process that has pitted the needs of its constituents against the city’s budgetary boundaries. 

Common Council members point to the million poured into the city’s infrastructure as an example of city governance aggressively moving to turn around the bumps, holes and divots that have in the past become somewhat synonymous with the Lumber City. 

Council President Rich Andres said many members of the current council as well as Mayor Rob Ortt made a concerted effort to put an emphasis on making its main streets sounds. 

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