LOCKPORT – Reconstruction of Lincoln Avenue won’t start until spring, Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon told the Town Board on Wednesday.
Klavoon said he attended a construction meeting for the county project last week and learned the work is being divided into two parts, with the actual reconstruction of the road between Beattie Avenue and Akron Road set for 2015.
“It’s actually a blessing, because otherwise it would be a disaster all winter,” said Richard W. Eakin, Niagara County deputy public works commissioner for engineering.
That’s the only spot on the street that will be torn up this year, Eakin said. Storm sewers on the south side of the street also will be replaced, Eakin added.
Work will start around Aug. 24, Klavoon said.
On other projects, Klavoon said he intends to send letters to residents on streets where new sidewalks will be built leading to local schools. The letters will explain that the project has been put off until 2015 because the town was unable to obtain a bid price within its budget this year.
Residents affected by the Shimer Drive waterline replacement project and the Shimer Drive-Locust Street sidewalk construction also will receive letters, Klavoon said.
The water project will involve a temporary above-ground waterline laid across lawns and driveways for a few weeks. The waterline work is to begin about July 28 and the sidewalk project about two weeks later.
The target completion dates are estimated at Oct. 1 for the waterline and Nov. 1 for the sidewalks.
Klavoon said the state Department of Transportation will open bids July 24 for the new sidewalks on Robinson Road. Work is to begin around Sept. 2, he said.
Supervisor Marc Smith said the DOT has told him that in-pavement sensors controlling the traffic signals on South Transit Road at Shimer Drive and at the entrance to the Home Depot plaza are to be completed by the end of summer, enabling better timing of those signals.
Meanwhile, the recycling of tube television sets continues to be an issue. Councilman Mark C. Crocker said Waste Management will pick up tube televisions until the end of the year.
He said the trash crew will take note of TVs on pickup days and that a special truck will be sent later to collect them for recycling.