EAST AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Back in June 2014, slope failure occurred on Tonawanda Creek Rd. between Westphalinger Rd. and Northfield Rd. The shoulder of the road began to slide into Tonawanda Creek, worsening as time has passed.
During that time, the stretch of road became closed to regular traffic, only allowing access to eight homes there.
Soil subsidence has prevented traditional road replacement processes.
After a study was conducted on the area, it was noted that the slope failure plane could go well beyond the roadway into front yards, even to the front of homes.
On Wednesday, officials in the region, including Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, announced a new plan for work on the road.
“I want to thank the members of the GBNRTC for their careful consideration of this necessary project and for approving the funding to make it happen. While the area of Tonawanda Creek Road affected by the slide is relatively small, it is a tremendous expense and not one that Erie County could manage by itself,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. “Tonawanda Creek Road is not a quick or an easy fix and will require extensive work to not only resurface the road but more importantly stabilize it to prevent further sliding. This is a far more costly, intensive and involved rehabilitation process than what we normally see when our roads are repaired and repaved. My administration remains committed to improving infrastructure all across Erie County, and with this funding secured Tonawanda Creek Road will see improvements as well.”
The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council approved $9.4 million for rehabilitation and stabilization work on the road as part of a 17-project amendment to the 2017-21 Transportation Improvement Program.
The funding will be used so that both Erie and Niagara counties can repair problems along the road. Work will begin this Spring.