SOUTH BUFFALO: The township has received a $55,000 state grant that will help its public works crew stop an erosion problem that’s eating away at South Scenic Road.
The grant will pay for large rocks and big railroad ties to be placed in Buffalo Creek near a bend in South Scenic Road where the road washed out earlier this summer, according to Supervisor Dave Brestensky.
These will be arranged in 10 “fingers” that will jut out into swiftly flowing Buffalo Creek. The fingers will act as buffers to slow down the creek.
The move also could attract more trout to this popular stream, Brestensky said.
Supervisors, who learned the township got the grant this week, haven’t yet decided whether to start the work before or after winter.
Although South Scenic Road is in no immediate danger of buckling or washing out now, the Buffalo Creek current is eating away at the bank that props up the road, said Supervisor Ron Covone.
“Hopefully this (work) will enhance the quality for sportsmen who fish Buffalo Creek, and help beautify South Scenic Drive,” Covone said.
This summer’s heavy rains contributed to three township roads washing out, which refers to a surge of water that breaks up and washes away the sides of a road.
Repairing washouts at North Scenic Drive, South Scenic Drive and White Rock Road cost the township about $50,000, Covone said.
The roads were closed for a couple days in the summer after the heavy rains.
South Buffalo Township runs on an annual budget of about $800,000.