The Erie County Department of Public Works’ Highways Division has announced the completion of work on the Goodrich Road project, a three-phased road reconstruction project that rebuilt Goodrich from County Road to Tonawanda Creek Road, a length of 4 miles. The $10.08 million investment reconstructed and widened the road from 20 feet to 28 feet, replaced the Goodrich Road Bridge over Black Creek, and re-worked drainage ditches to improve water flow and safety.
“The completion of the Goodrich Road project is good news for local residents and county motorists, rebuilding an old local farming road into a modern byway. In its original configuration Goodrich was never intended to bear the vehicle load that has become common today, so this extensive reconstruction project was necessary and will be a welcome change,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Building roads is not cheap, and this investment of over $10 million to re-construct 4 miles of Goodrich Road demonstrates both how expensive infrastructure can be and also my administration’s commitment to providing residents with the best roads possible. I thank Public Works Commissioner Geary, our DPW staff and the contractors who were part of this multi-year project for their work in completing this project and bringing Goodrich Road into the modern day.”
Poloncarz was joined by Town of Clarence Supervisor Pat Casilio, Town Highway Superintendent Jamie Dussing, and Deputy Erie County Public Works Commissioner Charlie Sickler to review the work at a press event today.
Extensive culvert replacement was part of the Goodrich Road project, as Goodrich traverses a low-lying area that had been prone to flooding. The most heavily-travelled section of Goodrich, from County Road heading north, handles approximately 3,400 vehicles per day. The roadway design also entails the use of a new technology to reinforce the sub layers of the road to strengthen the poor soils that lie beneath the road. In addition, all ditches were moved away from the road to allow for wider shoulders and a majority of the ditches were piped, except in the area of designated wetlands where ditches were rebuilt and will remain open. Utilities were relocated as part of the project, driveway approaches and landscaping were redone, new guide rails were placed and road striping was completed prior to the project’s culmination.