A stretch of Four Rod Road that drew the ire of local residents for its deteriorating condition was closed for repairs Monday by Erie County but is expected to reopen by Friday.
According to Wales Town Supervisor Rickey Venditti, the primary concern along a roughly one-mile stretch from Route 20A north to Liberia Road in Marilla dealt with the road’s shoulders, which were deteriorated along the culverts.
“There are shoulder conditions along the road where the pavement was crumbling or depressed where the culverts had settled,” Venditti said during a meeting of the Town Board Tuesday. “That’s the majority of the (problem).”
Residents filed a petition at the Aug. 12 Town Board meeting to have the Erie County-owned and maintained road repaired.
The road was at the top of the Wales Town Board’s workshop agenda Tuesday, but with repairs under way the discussion instead turned into praise for Erie County’s quick response.
Venditti said he contacted Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo after the Aug. 12 board meeting to see if he could expedite repairs.
“I don’t know if he was able to make it happen, but we really do appreciate that this work is being done,” Venditti said.
Lorigo said Four Rod Road wasn’t on Erie County’s list for repairs this year but after speaking with Wales officials, he was able to get the road added to the county Public Works Department’s list.
Funding for the road work – and other road repairs across Erie County – is coming from an additional $5 million the legislature drew from the county’s fund balance.
“We got a lot of extra work done with that money,” Lorigo said.
In addition to Four Rod Road, the county on Wednesday closed Maple Hill Road in South Wales for similar repairs. Venditti said Maple Hill is also expected to reopen Friday.