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Residents seek repair of Tonawanda Creek Road

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

It's been two years since a section of Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence was shut because the creek washed the road away. One county legislator is vowing to remedy that situation.

During a Tuesday session at Saint Stephens Church, County Legislator Ed Rath told an appreciative audience that he's going to force County Executive Mark Poloncarz to fix the road, which has been closed for seven of the past ten years. Rath told the crowd he put a $500,000 into the county road budget as the local match for federal dollars for what he says is a $3 million repair project.

Residents say it's a nuisance to have the road closed and it's dangerous because first responders can't get through.
Former County Public Works Commissioner Jerry Sentz says there are a series of places along the creek in Clarence and Amherst which have the same troublesome soft soil which could wash away in the future.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.