Lockport leaders deal with pothole problems

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lockport has avoided closing roads due to a major pothole problem in the city.

After a special common council meeting Thursday, the city will move forward milling nine roads to fix the potholes and patching others. Common Council President Joseph Kibler told News 4, initially they were concerned there wouldn’t be enough money but they will use grant money the state is providing to repair the streets.

“We talked about [closings roads] but then we figured you have school buses and everything and these are the main ones that need milling are up in the school area so we really can’t stop traffic because of the school buses and the kids,” Kibler says.

Milling work will begin Monday on Pine, Lincoln, Locust, Willow, Washburn, East High, Summit and Elmwood. Those streets will be milled and repaved. Drivers can expect to find crews on many other roads doing temporary patch work.

Kibler says, “Going forward just about every street in the city of Lockport is going to need it but we’re not going to mill every street because of the cost. But we are going to mill nine streets starting Monday.”

The city received permission to use consolidated highway improvement program aid, which normally cannot be used on the same streets within a 10-year period. The city is also getting $53,000 in aid from the state as part of a measure to repair pothole-ridden roads in the state budget.

Erie County leaders were discussing pot hole problems Thursday. Legislators signed off on $27 million in road projects in 20 municipalities, to fix pot holes and roads that are falling apart.

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