City of Buffalo to Contractor: Fix Street Cuts

CJC street cuts on Fetterman Street in Buffalo
CJC street cuts on Fetterman Street in Buffalo

Street cuts made on Fetterman Street by the contractor building the new Criminal Justice Center have not been fixed, and the Buffalo City Council last week sent a letter giving the contractor until November 30th to get them fixed.

Groathouse Construction made the street cuts to get the water and sewer taps installed on the new building, but they have yet to get them fixed, according to Buffalo Public Works Director Les Hook. Hook said the City may end up having to fix them, and he explained why.

Hook said the contractor is ultimately responsible for fixing the cuts, but now that the weather has become colder, there may not be any oil available to the contractor for patching the streets. The City does have access to oil, but cannot sell any to the contractor, he said, so if the cuts need fixed now, the City may have to do it themselves.

The council discussed a deadline and a possible charge to the contractor for the City repairing the street.

The letter explaining the council's position was delivered to the contractor on Wednesday.

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