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April 23, 2014

Brighton Road to be repaved this year

Tonawanda News — Erie County’s 2014 road project plan includes funding to repair Brighton Road in the Town of Tonawanda, officials said Tuesday.

“It is critical that we fix Brighton Road as soon as possible. Each time a media outlet runs a list of the worst roads in our region, Brighton is always highlighted, and that is unacceptable,” Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda, said in a statement. “I am pleased to see that Brighton has been made a priority for this year’s construction season.”

The Erie County Legislature has a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to review the road project list. As part of the plan, Brighton will be repaired from Niagara Falls Boulevard to Fries Road. The project was initially set to be completed last year, but was delayed. 

“I will continue to push for the rest of this well-traveled road to be repaved,” Hardwick said. 

The repairs are part of $27 million in road construction slated for this year, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a statement. The construction budget has been increased by $4.5 million as a result of the significant damage to roadways over the winter.

The extra funds will come from 2013 budget surplus funds, additional state money and surplus transfer tax revenues, and will have no effect on the 2014 budget. 

More than 119 miles of county road will be improved this construction season.

“Projects big and small are ready to get underway across Erie County and the clock is ticking,” Poloncarz, a Democrat, said. “Residents should know that their complaints have been heard and we are improving our infrastructure through a major investment of county, state and federal funds.”

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