BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The drought has brought a variety of negative things to much of Western New York. Things like damaged crops, brown lawns, and water restrictions.
But what about the positive impacts?
Because of the ongoing drought, road-crews have been able to to work outside with little to no interruption, and most notably, they were able to complete the Jamison Road bridge project in Elma 29 days ahead of schedule.
Bill Geary, the Deputy Commissioner for the Erie County Division of Highways said, “It’s a testament to the engineering staff and the contractors that did this work to get this far ahead.”
With the fast completion of one project, crews can move onto the next one ahead of schedule.
“It has been beneficial due to the fact that we haven’t had the rain delays for when we did concrete pours on bridge decks for instance, our troops were able to get out and get all of the roads chewed up and patched up before our big oil and chip program which hit 172 miles of road.”, said Geary.
Geary also said the lack of rain improved the quality of the work.
“We want to make sure we get a nice clean dry surface when we do a lot of those projects, so definitely the strength of the materials, we get the proper cure time now without the rain, we’re getting a good product for years to come on our massive infrastructure.”
The road construction season is limited, crews try to do as much work as possible between May and October. At the end of the season, sometimes money is left over from various repair projects, and if there’s enough time, that money can be re-purposed to improve other roads.
Geary said, “The governor has released an additional $2M for “Pave New York”,that money was just put into our accounts at the end of July. So now with the weather hopefully staying above normal, we have 1200 miles of center line roads and almost 400 bridges so “Pave New York” also comes in at a great time.”