Potholes plague area roadways

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The harsh winter has caused area roadways to be plagued by more potholes than usual this season.

Highway Superintendents in Clarence and Tonawanda agree the cycles of freezing and thawing are to blame for the poor road conditions in their towns.

“It’s been a lot worse than it has been in quite a few years. It’s basically the up and down temperatures, the rough winter and now the plowing because it actually rips up the streets,” said Bill Swanson, Town of Tonawanda Highway Superintendent.

“The pothole situation has been a little worse this year just because we’ve had a little harder freeze and a little more of a frost on the ground than we’ve had the last couple of years,” said James Dussing, Town of Clarence Highway Superintendent.

Crews in Clarence monitor and maintain 123 miles of town roads. In Tonawanda, they cover 454 miles. Crews will be out this week fixing the roads.

“There will be seven crews out. They’ll be doing it everyday,” said Swanson. “They’ll be out on Tuesday. They’ll be back out and we’ll finish up what we haven’t finished. Then we’ll start all over.”

Winter and its effects have also drained the towns finances. Dussing and Swanson both told News 4 they have enough resources and funds to get them through this winter. However, they could go over budget if next winter is as bad as this one.

“Obviously we have to get through November and December of (this) year because our budget is January to January. So if we do have a tough November and January we’re going to have to revisit our budget and maybe pull some from our reserves a little bit, but we’re holding our own as of right now” said Dussing.

“You’ve got to be positive about it and hopefully we’ll be fine” said Swanson.

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