Nearly 3,000 tons of patch has been placed on Erie County roads since June 1, and that number is expected to more than double before the end of this construction season, according to County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Mill and overlay work began Tuesday – one week ahead of schedule – on Sowles and Bayview roads in Hamburg, and is currently underway on Hopkins Road in Amherst and on Cayuga Creek and Rowley roads in Cheektowaga. They are among $29.5 million in road reconstruction projects that will be undertaken across the county by the Department of Public Work’s Highway Divison this season.

“The summer construction season has been a busy one for highway crews and it shows no signs of slowing down as more road projects are getting underway and getting completed in 20 communities across the county,” Poloncarz said in a statement Tuesday.

The harsh winter was unkind to road surfaces. County crews will be conducting about $1.4 million in micro-paving operations after oil and chipping work has been completed, Poloncarz said. Roads targeted for micro-paving include Center Street in the Town of Aurora, East River and Whitehaven roads on Grand Island and Seneca Creek Road in West Seneca.