Work on Greenleaf Lane impacts residents for second summer

Construction crews start to remove concrete curbing on Greenleaf Lane on July 24th.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Construction crews start to remove concrete curbing on Greenleaf Lane on July 24th.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – Many residents on Greenleaf Lane have a feeling of Déjà vu after construction crews tore up their street for the second summer in a row.

The town completed a capital public works project last summer to give the street a facelift.  New water and sewer infrastructure was laid, curbing and driveway aprons were poured, trees planted, and a brand new road was built.

Funding for the concrete curbing and aprons were paid for through a Federal Community Development Grant.  The black top and drainage infrastructure were paid for out of the town’s Highway Fund.

Councilmember Timothy Meyers says the town’s engineering department noticed that the concrete curbing was starting to pit and flake in February.

“We took action immediately in the spring and took samples.  We tested an independent sample of it, and we had a world-renowned company that actually did concrete testing on the Colosseum in Rome do a test,” said Mr. Meyers.  “The oxygen content in that concrete is supposed to be 5 to 7 percent.  When [the Greenleaf sample] was tested on multiple occasions, it was 1 percent.”

Mr. Meyers says the concrete supplier United Materials dropped the ball.

Failed concrete being removed from Greenleaf Lane on July 24th.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Failed concrete being removed from Greenleaf Lane on July 24th.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

“We wouldn’t have been on the hook; we would have been in court.  Both testing facilities came back with the same result,” Mr. Meyers said.  “They’ve promised to make full on the whole thing; 90 percent of it is done.”

Starting in July, contractors started to pull up all the bad concrete that was poured last year.   New concrete was poured within the last few weeks.

“We had rain [Monday], all the concrete work will be done [Wednesday] – they’re a day behind.  The milling will be done on Friday and Greenleaf should be done within the next four or five days,” said Mr. Meyers.

Road construction work being performed on Westchester Drive and Ridge Park Avenue is not related to the Greenlead concrete snafu.

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