Tonawanda News — Second Ward Alderman and Council President Rich Andres said his focus will be on secondary streets this year, though he declined to give specifics until a list is released next week.
“We don’t have the major streets to rehab, we’re looking pretty good most places,” he said. “We’re taking care of the regular stuff now, not these long stretches of streets. As an North Tonawanda resident, I’m not embarrassed by on our roads anymore.”
Mayor Rob Ortt said that Rowles also brought an aspect of efficiency into the plan, which included a better quality paving product, a process that recycles the material and better maintenance plan such as sealing cracks and reacting to pothole complaints quickly — all of which saves money and allows the roads to last longer.
Rowles said some of the changes will lead to a 15- to 18-year lifespan for local roadways, instead of 10, which will allow for better upkeep and longer-term savings.
Nonetheless, with harsh winters that require salting and the unpredictability of where problem roads may arise it is difficult to keep everyone happy, Ortt said.
“Inevitably, some streets don’t get paved,” he said.Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.