Erie County (NY) wraps up 2016 program to patch and resurface rural roads

Updated Sep 4, 2016

road work cones constructionErie County, New York, recently wrapped up its 2016 rural road repair program, consisting of patching and resurfacing 172 miles of gravel roads in Aurora, Clarence, East Concord, and Hamburg, The Buffalo News reports.

County crews used more than 12,000 tons of patch to repair potholes, and then covered the road surface with an oil and chip process that used 23,200 tons of stone and more than 750,000 gallons of asphalt emulsion.

“It’s an oily substance that keeps the chips in place and holds the dust down, while also protecting the road surface,” Peter A. Anderson, a spokesman for Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, told the news agency. “This is the kind of treatment that works better on rural roads that are not paved or made of concrete.”

According to the news agency, highway crews repaired 52 centerline miles of roads in the Aurora area, 30 miles in the Clarence area, 45 miles in the East Concord area, and 45 miles in the Hamburg area, nearly 15 percent of Erie County’s 1,200 miles of roads. The total cost of the oil and chip road repair was approximately $3 million.