By Jessica Bagley firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Erie County and town officials announced a collaborative project Tuesday to pave Highland Parkway between Delaware Road and Colvin Boulevard.
Per the agreement, the town will be providing their milling machine and employees for the work, while the county will provide trucks, rollers, asphalt and more workers to expedite the process.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli and Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana discussed the project Tuesday morning at a press conference on Highland in front of Kenmore West High School.
“The work being done here on Highland Parkway shows what can happen when governmental partners work together, pooling resources to more effectively and efficiently deliver the services that residents demand,” Poloncarz said.
The milling work on the road is already completed, and paving is set to be completed before the start of school next week, officials said.
“When these students come back to school and the buses are on the road, it won’t have potholes on it like it has in the past,” Poloncarz said.
The work on the road, which the county owns, would have likely been pushed off until next year due to budget constraints, officials said. Thanks to the collaboration, the work will cost less than $100,000, instead of the $250,000 it would have cost the county had the project been done without the town’s help.
Highway Superintendent Bill Swanson said he was pleased to see the county and town work together to complete the goal.
“This usually doesn’t happy very often, and it is going very well,” Swanson said. “Hopefully we do it more in the future.”
Poloncarz echoed his statements.
“Without the town, this would have cost us half a million dollars to pave a 1/2-mile stretch of road,” he said. “These types of projects happened in the past very infrequently, but they open up the possibility of working together in the future.”
Marinelli also praised Caruana and Poloncarz for their efforts.
“They are can-do people, and they get the job done,” she said. “We are all about what we can do together to maximize the result.”
Poloncarz also noted another recent collaboration effort with the City of Buffalo to repave two miles of bumpy Kenmore Avenue between Fairfield and Elmwood avenues.
Work on Kenmore Avenue is set to start in the fall.
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