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Kenmore sewer, water line project nears an end But those on Wardman Road and McKinley Avenue will have dirt in their front yards until next year

It will be smooth sailing along Kenmore's Wardman Road for snowplows and shovels, but residents will have to ride out the winter with dirt-filled front yards.

Landscaping is the only part of a months-long reconstruction project that has to wait until the new year.

"We're pretty much done," John Neiss, the village's public works superintendent, said Wednesday. "We actually did our punch list yesterday with [the contractor]."

New water and sewer lines were installed on Wardman Road and McKinley Avenue, east of Colvin Boulevard, under an approximately $1.8 million contract awarded last spring to Destro Brothers Concrete Co. Both streets now feature crisp curbs and driveway aprons, new sidewalks and smooth stretches of blacktop along what residents had described recently as a "war zone."

Underlying problems had forced the village into action.

"That was done because of [state Department of Environmental Conservation] regulations. We had sanitary [sewer] overflows that had to be corrected," Neiss said. Almost all of the curbside trees in both project zones had to be removed.

Only a handful of older trees were spared on McKinley, where curb strips and damaged lawns have been reseeded and are green. Those same areas along Wardman still bear the fresh scars of construction; final grading will be done in the spring, after the ground settles.

Village employees also will plant new trees on both streets.

Scheduling difficulties in rewiring the village-owned light standards on Wardman Road also have been resolved.

"Everything's pretty much gone according to schedule," Neiss said.

Wednesday, crews from National Grid started pulling wiring through the new conduit, according to Stephen F. Brady, a spokesman for the utility.

"The entire circuits needed new wiring," Brady said. "It's fairly typical of a project like that, especially given the age of some of the stuff in place."

Brady couldn't shed light on when that work would be done, however.

"I can't give an exact date as to when [the poles] are going to be re-energized," he said.

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