Public Works starts pothole repair project

Main thoroughfares were adressed on day one of a large scale repair project

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s a frustration Buffalo drivers know all too well; dodging potholes.

“Basically you try to drive around them but that’s impossible,” Buffalo driver Leanna Gradolph told News 4.

Sunday, Public Works started a large scale repair project, targeting badly damaged areas on Niagara Street, Franklin Street, and Delaware Avenue.

Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak told News 4 the pothole problem isn’t just a Buffalo issue, but a regional one.

“We had a deep penetrating frost, some of the streets that were unexpected to let loose did let loose on us,” Stepniak said.

Four Public Works crews were out working on those areas Sunday, but some Buffalo drivers think the city would be better off just repaving.

“I think yeah, some streets are definitely at the point where it’s like a lost cause,” Buffalo State student Matthew Poremba said.

Christy Falter, another Buffalo driver, says she spends almost $1,000 each year on car repairs, thanks to potholes.

“Broken tire rods, I’ve had to replace them almost every year now,” Falter told News 4.

Buffalo budgets between $5 and $6 million a year for paving. Stepniak says despite the challenge this winter posed, the city is on track.

“We’re actually prepared for this cost. We’ll be good with our material, again that aggressive paving program we’ve had helped us in other areas that we didn’t have to go in and do potholes this year, so we feel very comfortable with it,” he said.

If you a pothole that needs to be fixed, call 311 to report it to Public Works.

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