Tonawanda News — The City of Tonawanda will begin its repaving efforts next week as part of the season’s $800,000 street improvement program, Mayor Rick Davis announced Wednesday.
Half of the cost is covered by the state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.
“The money will help us address streets that have not been repaved in many years,” Davis said in a statement. “After this past winter, the extra money is going to be well spent.”
The streets that will be repaved this season are: Grove Street from Minerva to Fletcher and from Minerva to Roosevelt, Elmwood Park Circle, Wadsworth Avenue, the Brookside Terrace loop and Fillmore Avenue from Twin Cities Memorial Highway to Wales Avenue.
Davis said Wadsworth, Brookside and Elmwood Park have not been repaved since 1985.
“There are a few other streets on our repaving list as well, but we are awaiting the results of a sewer study to see if sewer lines need to be replaced before we repave those streets,” Davis said. “We will also try to add in a few more streets late in the summer or early fall if we can.”
The city also plans to return to a maintenance procedure called crack sealing, which reduces pot holes and increases the longevity of the street. The procedure hasn’t been used in many years, Davis said.
“With the winter we just had, I felt like it was imperative that we take better care of our city infrastructure to help minimize the yearly cost of maintaining the streets,” Davis said.