CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A suburban street is leaving motorists and neighbors fuming. The roadway has been at the center of our investigative coverage in the past.
A News 4 viewer wanted to know what's happening with Zurbrick Road in Depew, an area that was once a landfill many years ago. We profiled this crumbling street a couple of years ago in May of 2009. So where do things stand now?
Today, the road is still closed and the erosion along Cayuga Creek has gotten worse.
Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner said, "Now there's nothing holding the bank in."
Zurbrick Road is divided between the village of Depew and the town of Cheektowaga. Village officials say they're waiting for the state Department of Environmental Conservation to finalize design plans to deal with the clean-up of contaminated soil.
Village of Depew Administrator Elizabeth Melock said, "And then they will be remediating lead along the creek and part of the embankment and then the village will come in beyond them and finish the stabilization of the bank. And then the town of Cheektowaga and the village of Depew will rebuild Zurbrick Road."
The work comes at a hefty price, and both the town and village are trying to identify funds. They may need over a million dollars. They're hoping Erie County kicks in some funds since it owns a portion of the embankment now collapsing.
Wegner said, "We are hoping that the county comes in and helps us out. It'll help out the taxpayers of the village and the town."
Erie County Executive Chris Collins said, "This is desperation of them trying to pass the buck."
Collins says there is no chance the county will fork over money to repair a road it doesn't own or maintain.
"The town and the village are trying to abdicate their responsibility and drop that on the shoulders of the county taxpayer and that's not going to happen," said Collins.
Meanwhile, Joanne Burst is a bit frustrated.
"They say they're going to fix the road, but I haven't seen anything yet," said Burst.
She lives in front of the collapsing road and worries about what it's doing to property values.
Burst said, "We had our house appraised, and with the road the way it is we'd have a very hard time selling it. Plus, like I said, it would devaluate our property."
Melock say the state DEC is on schedule to begin remediation work in the spring.
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