ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Winter weather did a number on Buffalo roads, and Erie County leaders say repairs will be broken down by priority.
“First and foremost is safety,” said Charlie Sickler, the director of engineering. “We have to balance the traffic volume, how many people are utilizing the road, how much of a cost is involved in fixing it up, actually a lot that goes into it.”
We met Sickler at a collapsed section Belscher Road in Springville. Sickler told us the road will remain partially closed for the next few months as the county looks at whether the rest of the road is structurally stable.
The price tag on a project like that can reach $500,000, which makes fixing the road a challenge.
“There’s never enough money to do what we need to do,” said Sickler. “We’ve had two good years of about $30 million each to repair roads and bridges. This year looks like another decent year but $30 million still isn’t enough.”
He said the county needs to spend about $50 million to fix all of the roads.
Potholes, Sickler said, are easier to fix because they are less expensive. The county will fill potholes over the next few months.
The county rates roads on a scale of one to ten. A road has to be closed to be rated a one, while a 10 rating means the road is in new condition.
Pothole-filled roads fall in the middle of the scale.
If you have a major problem on your street, Sickler asks that you call the pothole tipline at (716) 858-7966, or send a submission via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.