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Grand Island: Roadwork slated for Whitehaven, Baseline roads

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Fri, Sep 16th 2016 04:55 pm
Erie County Highway crews work on the shoulders of Baseline Road near Whitehaven Road on Grand Island. The road has already been milled and will be overlayed with asphalt while similar work will begin on Whitehaven Road on Monday.
Erie County Highway crews work on the shoulders of Baseline Road near Whitehaven Road on Grand Island. The road has already been milled and will be overlayed with asphalt while similar work will begin on Whitehaven Road on Monday.

Grand Island arterials carry thousands of vehicles each day

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Friday by Town of Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray, members of the Erie County Department of Public Works, members of the Town of Grand Island Highway Department, and local residents to review roadwork started this week on Baseline Road, and also announce a project slated to begin Monday on Whitehaven Road.

"This has been a busy road construction season across Erie County, and we are pleased to be here on Grand Island to review the Baseline Road project and also to discuss the upcoming work on Whitehaven Road," Poloncarz said. "My administration remains committed to providing residents and motorists with the best roads possible and, as long as good weather holds, we will continue to work on that."

Preparation for the Baseline Road work began this week. The project involves a mill and overlay of approximately .8 miles of road between Whitehaven and Alvin roads, a stretch that carries approximately 5,700 vehicles per day. Erie County Highway Department personnel are completing the project.

The upcoming Whitehaven Road project will involve the mill and overlay of 1.6 miles of road on Whitehaven between Stony Road and the New York State Thruway overpass. Approximately 5,300 vehicles per day use this stretch of road, which is predominantly three lanes with shoulders. However, the section between Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road is five lanes.

Occhino Corp. is the contractor for this project.

"This is one of the biggest paving projects in recent memory," McMurray said. "I am excited about the attention Grand Island is getting, and grateful for the help and support of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz."

For more information on the Erie County Department of Public Works, visit http://www2.erie.gov/dpw/.

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