Targeted Completion Date of October 7

By Alicia Dziak

The main route between Ellicottville and all points north is Route 219. It’s hard to avoid using this section of road for residents and visitors alike, but heavy use, combined with long winters, have taken their toll on the road.

In particular, last winter, the section between Beaver Meadows Road and Peters Road became a disaster waiting to happen — pothole after pothole seemingly waiting to suck in an unsuspecting driver. Thus, a couple years before it was scheduled to be resurfaced, Route 219 is getting a facelift.

“The scope of the project is milling/filling the pavement and applying a new hot mix asphalt overlay to provide a new riding surface,” said Susan Surdej, regional public information officer of the New York State Department of Transportation. “The existing pavement surface will first be milled off, then some pavement repairs will be made, then the project will be paved.”

The milling is already underway and the paving of the asphalt overlay was scheduled to start this week. Surdej notes that paving is weather dependent.

“Amherst Paving was awarded the project, which included multiple locations throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties,” said Surdej.

Just what does this project mean to travelers?

“Traffic will be maintained using a one-lane, two-way setup with flaggers,” Surdej explained. “There will be minimal delays with this work.”

A quick turnaround is anticipated.

“The projected completion date is October 7, but again, paving is weather dependent. There will still be work that needs to be completed such as striping once the paving is completed,” Surdej said.

A sensible alternate route, that avoids this section of Route 219 entirely, is Route 240, which runs parallel to Route 219, accessible via Route 39 on the east side of Springville. Route 240 ends at Route 242, which leads to Ellicottville. Route 242, however, is also being paved during this time.

“Route 242 is scheduled for milling at approximately the same time as the paving of Route 219 is being done. This operation will also be done using flaggers. Delays will be minimal and routine,” assured Surdej.

While the paving may present a minor and temporary inconvenience for drivers, the much-needed repairs will make later fall and winter driving on this section much smoother and less stressful.