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$1.5 million investment to mill and overlay Big Tree Road, George Urban Boulevard, Ridge Road

Longer-lasting polymer resurface provides strength, resists freeze/thaw cycle

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Public Works’ Highways Division has announced that mill and overlay work will soon begin on Big Tree Road, George Urban Boulevard, and Ridge Road as the summer road work season kicks off. The $1.5 million mill and overlay work on these three roads will provide new surfacing on Big Tree Road from Bayview to Rte. 75, on George Urban Boulevard from Union to Dick Road, and on Ridge Road from Abbott to Orchard Park Road. The project will replace over 85,500 square yards of asphalt at a depth of 3.5 inches with new, longer lasting polymer-modified asphalt. The polymers give the pavement more flexibility during freeze thaw cycles and also give strength to the surface to prevent rutting. The project contractor, Amherst Paving, will be placing over 18,900 tons of this material on the three roads.

“As summer gets going residents and motorists should once again expect to see crews repairing and maintaining our Erie County roads, and this overlay is the first of many projects that will be conducted around the county this season,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “While the seasons are tough on our roads in Western New York, my administration will continue to work to protect them and provide the best roads possible.”

Legislator Patrick Burke (7th District) added, “George Urban Boulevard carries thousands of vehicles each day, and I want to thank the administration for working with my office to ensure that this heavily trafficked route in the Town of Cheektowaga gets the attention it deserves. I look forward to seeing the ongoing investment in infrastructure across this county.”

The project will encompass 1.2 miles on Big Tree Road, 1.4 miles on Ridge Road, and 0.8 miles on George Urban Boulevard. Each day, 6,200 cars travel on Big Tree Road while 15,000 use George Urban Boulevard and 21,650 vehicles travel on Ridge Road. The tentative start date for work to commence on Big Tree Road is June 13, with work on Ridge and George Urban to follow. Weather permitting, the project is anticipated to be complete in the first week of August.

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On the Erie County Department of Public Works’ Highways Division, click here .

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