State grant to improve drainage on Winston and Vegola Avenues

A $100,000 state grant will replace an inadequate drainage system on Winston and Vegola Avenues. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A $100,000 state grant will replace an inadequate drainage system on Winston and Vegola Avenues. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A long-standing infrastructure problem impacting residents on Winston and Vegola Avenues will soon be corrected thanks to a $100,000 grant secured in Albany by Senator Tim Kennedy.

Residents have endured severe flooding numerous times over the past decade due to an inadequate drainage system in the neighborhood according to Mr. Kennedy.

“I was shocked to hear about residents who have seen their homes flood multiple times and have had to replace their cars, leading to insurance issues. Due to inadequate design, these homeowners have suffered for too long. I’m proud to deliver these funds to correct this flaw, and to give residents some peace of mind,” said Mr. Kennedy.

The $100,000 state grant will pay for the purchase and installation of a new box culvert, as well as any necessary piping, the decommissioning of the old twin pipe culvert, and restoration of the construction site.  

The Town’s chosen contractor for capital projects will be used to complete the work, but no Town funds will be used according to Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.

“It’s no cost to the taxpayers. It’s so hard for us to keep putting the cost onto everybody’s tax bills,” said Ms. Benczkowski.

“He’s been working on this for a couple of years before I became supervisor of the Town of Cheektowaga. I think this is a concerted effort between different levels of government cooperating with one another,” added Ms. Benczkowski.

This is one of many water-related issues in the Town Mr. Kennedy has addressed. Last year, he helped the Town secure a $5 million state grant and a $15 million interest-free loan to start overhauling the Town’s sewer system – a project with an estimated total price tag of $50 million.

The work on Winston-Vegola is slated to start in September.  The project is being overseen by engineers from the Town as well as the New York State Department of Transportation.