Kenmore Ave paving project requires expensive redo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The summer season also means construction season in Buffalo. But for Kenmore Avenue, thanks to a construction mishap, this season has been extended.

The sound of pavers and steamrollers are no stranger to Kenmore Avenue, especially this summer. A $5.7 million project to resurface one of the city’s most used roadways has been ongoing for months.

All but the striping was finished as of last week. But on Tuesday, crews were back at it, grinding off what they just laid down.

The original work, done by Buffalo-based Destro Brothers, failed inspections for quality. Basically, the new road, wasn’t smooth enough.

So Destro Brothers owners were forced to start over from Main Street to just beyond Fairfield Avenue, and they had to eat the cost.

That’s about 5,000 feet asphalt — or just under a mile — at more than $300,000 out of their own pockets.

Jessica Miller drives to work off Kenmore Avenue from Lancaster multiple times a week. She said she was shocked on her way into the office.

“Wednesday when I came in and the road was completely torn up, then I was really frustrated because it took me forever to get down the street and I actually thought, what are they doing,” Miller asked. “Why? Why is it ripped up again?”

Drivers who use Kenmore Avenue everyday will be happy to know the paving portion was expected to be completed by late Friday, and striping is scheduled for next week, putting the finishing touches on what has already been a lengthy project.

Destro Bros. owner Carmen Zagarrio agreed what was supposed to be the finished product wasn’t smooth. But he said it was a mechanical malfunction rather than shoddy work.

“It wasn’t bad workmanship,” he said when contacted Friday. “We just had a machine that kept shutting off on us. No one caused it.

“I’m upset about it. I’m sick over it,” he said, adding that subcontractors have been helping to keep costs of the redo low. “Everybody has been helping me out, and I have to give them credit for helping me as much as they could.”

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