Zurbrick Road in Depew: Residents Caught In Middle

5:41 PM, Oct 27, 2010   |    comments
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Roadblock on Zurbrick Road in Depew

DEPEW, NY--  For the past two years, people living along Zurbrick Road in the Village of Depew have been waiting for the barricades to come down and repair work to begin on the road.  It has been shutdown because of a partial collapse of the roadbed.

Last May, Village Mayor Barbara Alberti told 2 On Your Side that construction work should start on the project by Labor Day. That did not happen and residents contacted 2 On Your Side via Facebook to ask why.

Alberti now says the cost of the project has gone up to nearly  two million dollars because the adjacent embankment near the Cayuga Creek must be stabilized. Previous work on the project from ten years ago turned up contaminated soil from a nearby landfill according to the state DEC. That soil can be removed and the Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to shore up the embankment. But again costs have gone up.

Mayor Alberti also says that 70 percent of the embankment is owned by Erie County. She says a letter was sent last November to County Executive Chris Collins seeking county assistance and there have been meetings with county officials. But so far there is no formal response from the county.

Erie County spokesman Grant Loomis says the road itself is owned by the Village of Depew and Town of Cheektowaga so the county is not involved. When asked about the problem with the embankment, Loomis says the county is willing to discuss the problem. But again there is no commitment.  

This story came to us via Facebook and we will continue to follow to see if the project can be set up.    

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