Erie County ready to battle potholes this winter

Find links to complain about holes in the roads inside

Mike Baggerman
December 27, 2018 - 3:00 am

Lakeview Road in Hamburg (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Pothole season is here.

The potholes, which are caused by the freezing and thawing of surfaces which then create the physical hole, are a continuous woe for drivers in Erie County and elsewhere.

"Every time we get a complaint in, whether it's through out district offices or downtown, everything is investigated," Bill Geary, Erie County's Commissioner of Public Works, said. "The maintenance force is out in the field in all five of our maintenance districts. A lot of time, the person investigating has some cold patch material right in that pickup truck. If it's a real deep, aggressive hole, it's filled immediately."

Note: The following interview with Bill Geary was conducted on November 30


Geary said the season came a bit earlier than expected thanks to the colder November but they have plenty of materials to battle potholes. 

Each district has about 30 employees dedicated to fixing the roads during the summer and winter months. Geary said the 150 people take care of roughly 1,200 miles of road.

"It's not a huge work force but I can tell you they're dedicated men and women who live on these roads," Geary said. "They understand the frustrations. They want to better their families. Their kids are going on those roads. We're very fortunate to have the staff we have and they do an excellent job for us."

Complaints about potholes can be submitted through the Department of Public Works Twitter or through Erie County's Website

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