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Erie County and Town of Tonawanda officials today announced they have joined forces on a road paving project on Highland Parkway, a county-owned road within the town, and billed it as an example of governmental partnership.

The county Highway Department and highway workers from the town have begun paving Highland Parkway, between Delaware and Colvin Boulevard. The town is donating a milling machine and paver for the project, while the county is providing the trucks, rollers and asphalt materials.

County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said the collaboration comports with the theme of his “Initiatives for a Smart Economy” address earlier this year about cultivating meaningful partnerships between the county and local municipalities

“The work being done here on Highland Parkway shows what can happen when governmental partners work together, pooling resources to more effectively and efficiently deliver the services that residents demand,” Poloncarz said during a news conference today in front of Kenmore West High School off Highland.

The county executive was joined by Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, County Legislator Lynn Marinelli, Town Highway Superintendent William Swanson and area residents.

The joint project began Monday and is scheduled for completion in about a week, weather permitting, officials said.