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Niagara Falls unveils plans for rebuilding city streets

NIAGARA FALLS – Some bruised and battered city streets will be a lot easier on your car’s front suspension system by the end of the paving season.

The Dyster administration on Tuesday unveiled its list of streets to be repaved this year, which totals about $3.7 million worth of work. City crews will take off the top 4 inches, fix any soft spots in the road base and resurface the following roads:

McKinley Avenue from Lewiston Road to the end; Cliff Street between Maple and Vanderbilt avenues; Lafayette Avenue between Lewiston Road and Hyde Park Boulevard; Norwood, Garrett and James avenues between Lewiston Road and Hudson Drive; the entirety of Crescent Drive; Hennepin Avenue between South 86th Street and Council Street; 98th Street between Colvin Boulevard and Mason Court; the entirety of Mason Court; 101st Street from Cayuga Drive to Niagara Falls Boulevard; Munson Avenue from Cayuga Drive to 82nd Street; 88th Street between Frontier and Lindbergh avenues; 87th Street between Buffalo and Lindbergh avenues; 76th Street from Frontier Avenue to Niagara Falls Boulevard; 68th Street between Lindbergh and Girard avenues; 69th Street between Frontier and Lindbergh avenues; 38th Street from Packard Road to Royal Avenue; D Street between Hyde Park Boulevard and H Street; and Falls Street from Portage Road to 19th Street.

Aside from work done in-house by the city, a contractor will be hired to conduct a full-depth reconstruction of Macklem Avenue from College Avenue to Lewiston Road. An outside contractor will also be hired to resurface the top 4 inches of New Road, between Porter and Packard roads.

A contractor will begin milling work on either McKinley Avenue or Cliff Street on Wednesday morning. As long as it’s not an overly wet summer, officials expect to add more streets to the list later this year.

This past winter, which was bitterly cold, left the streets in the city, as it did in the region, in worse condition than usual, officials said.

“I promise people if we haven’t paved your street yet, you can see what we’ve been doing citywide. We’re on the way,” Mayor Paul A. Dyster said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon on McKinley Avenue.

In addition to resurfacing roads, the city is also in its fifth year using the “pothole killer” machine to fill in potholes, in a process that takes less time and requires less manpower than traditional means. The city is paying Patch Management Inc. of Fairless Hills, Pa., for 480 hours of work with five of the specialty machines. Pothole killer work could be wrapped up by the end of the week, Public Works Director David L. Kinney said.

In previous years, the city paid $70,000 for 320 hours of machine work, which includes the work of an operator employed by the firm. Last year, the machines filled about 12,000 potholes, with the location of each recorded in a GPS system.

The city also uses a machine known as a “zipper,” or a mini-milling machine attached to a front-end loader, to resurface whole sections of roadway riddled with potholes. Because of additional manpower available this year, use of this machine will continue into paving season, instead of ending at the start of the season as has occurred in previous years. A number of sections of roadways already have been hit with the zipper, including Niagara Avenue between 18th and Main streets, Lockport Road from Hyde Park Boulevard to the city line, and North and South Military roads.

Funding for the $3.7 million in repaving projects comes from two sources: $2.5 million from the city’s share of casino revenue and $1.2 million in state aid.

Last year, the city spent about $2.5 million repaving streets, using about 240,000 cubic yards of asphalt on 41 streets. City officials declined to provide an estimate for the volume of material to be used this year.

In 2012, about 299,000 cubic yards of asphalt were used by the city for road repairs.


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