Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Public Works John Loffredo to preview upcoming road reconstruction at East Robinson and North French roads in Amherst. The $9.4 million project includes full depth reconstruction of the existing roadway plus the addition of two travel lanes and one two-way center turn lane, along with the installation of concrete curbs and gutters and new sidewalks offset from the face of the curb. The work will also include intersection improvements, upgrading and placement of signs and pavement markings.

“The upcoming reconstruction of East Robinson and North French roads underscores the commitment my administration has made to repairing Erie County’s infrastructure, improving the safety of our roads and bridges, and providing residents with the roads and highways they expect and deserve,” said Poloncarz. “My administration has increased the County’s investment for road repair compared to the previous administration. In fact, we invested more than $34 million in road repairs this year, and every corner of Erie County will see improved roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. Thanks to this project, Amherst residents and all who use East Robinson and North French roads will now be able to travel on a highway that has increased capacity and safety enhancements.”

The project will reconstruct 1.2 miles of East Robinson and North French roads from Niagara Falls Boulevard to east of Sweet Home road, plus an additional 0.4 miles of Sweet Home road in Amherst. Also included will be the replacement of the bridge over Town Ditch No.2, which will be closed for the entire project length, with guide railing placed at the bridge approaches to protect traffic. Waterline replacements and improvements to Town highway intersections are also planned.

“This stretch from Niagara Falls Boulevard to Sweet Home supports a diverse set of traffic ranging from commercial and light industrial to residential and school buses,” said Congressman Higgins. “This significant infrastructure investment will transform the terribly deteriorating road into a much safer and efficient transportation route.”

The construction bid amount for this project, submitted by Accadia, is $9,399,977.43. The project will be funded with 80% federal funds, 15% state funds, and 5% county funds. Construction began in Summer 2013 and is expected to be completed by Winter 2014.