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Much-needed area road work begins in East Concord

YOU SHALL NOT PASS — Zoar Valley Road, between Trevett Road and Hammond Hill Road in Concord, is currently closed, as road work is being done. Photos by Lizz Schumer.
EAST CONCORD — Legislator John Mills, minority leader for the Erie County Legislature, announced that Zoar Valley Road, from Trevett Road to Hammond Hill Road in the town of Concord, is currently closed to traffic.

According to Mills, the closure will be in place through mid-July, weather depending. Catco Construction will be reconstructing and stabilizing that portion of the roadway.

“Zoar Valley Road’s condition has deteriorated, over to the years, with a portion of the roadway actually slipping into Cattaraugus Creek,” Mills said. “The county was forced to restrict traffic, as public safety became a major concern. That is unacceptable. I have pushed for this necessary work, for some time now, and am pleased to announce the repairs will be done this summer. Many residents driving through Concord rely on Zoar Valley Road as a main thoroughfare and should not have to wonder if the roadway is safe or passable.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is funding the majority of the repairs, which were estimated at $803,000. Crews will be stabilizing the slope from the bed of the creek up to the roadway and then reconstructing the road.

A second section of Zoar Valley Road, between Hammond Hill Road and Grote Road, will also be repaired, this summer, with work expected to begin the end of July. Union Concrete was awarded the project, to reinforce the slope and reconstruct that portion of the roadway. Repairs are estimated at $1.4 million, with the majority of the work paid for by FEMA.

“Providing safe, reliable roadways has always been one of my top priorities,” Mills said. “This project has been pushed off for several years, but is finally being addressed, after I have called attention to this serious failure in infrastructure. These repairs should solve the problem that has been plaguing Zoar Valley Road.”

For more information, contact Mills’ office at 858-8850, email john.mills@erie.gov or visit www.erie.gov/legislature/district11.

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2013-07-09 | 11:19:06
Geography
Zoar Valley is not in East Concord. The Zoar area is located in the Southwest corner of the Town of Concord.