Paving season gets underway in Buffalo

May 23, 2017

Several city officials joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in kicking off the 2017 paving season Tuesday.

Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak says every council member is consulted about the city's paving program.
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Speaking to reporters at the corner of Pansy Place and Florida St. on the East Side, Public Works Commissioner, Steve Stepniak said, each street is evaluated during the winter and every council member is consulted to help determine "the worst of the worst" for the paving program.
"You also have to realize when you see a street that may need some resurfacing there may be utility work, whether sewer, water, National Grid might be going in there to do some excavation, that you have to hold off until that work's done," Stepniak said.

Over the next several months about 75 to 100 miles of residential streets are expected to be resurfaced.

Pansy Place has been milled down in preparation of paving
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"We look at over 2,000 potholes a year that we address. And we use that data that we get from 3-1-1 to help implement some of our paving programs. We understand what the areas are that we have to address," Stepniak said.  

The city budgeted $7.5 million the street work. The mayor says the city is also investing another $27 million in major infrastructure work along key corridors.