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E. Aurora street work winding up

By Thanksgiving, East Aurora is hoping to have its Main Street whole again with its $18.5 million makeover.

The project, which began in spring 2008, wasn't expected to be completed until next spring. But village officials now say they're hearing the end may be near.

For the first time in a long time, the length of Main Street is expected to be fully open this weekend, up and down the 1.3-mile stretch from Hamburg Street to the east village line.

The reconstructed traffic circle has been opened to traffic, brick has been laid -- instead of asphalt -- from the viaduct through the business district, giving it a quaint, distinct charm. Decorative light fixtures now line the street and new water and sewer lines have been installed.

Even though much remains to be done, Paul Gasiewicz, village special project coordinator, gave an upbeat forecast about the remainder of the project to the Village Board on Monday.

This week, the contractor is paving Main between Maple Avenue and South Willow Street, which should be open to traffic by Friday. Brick work is expected to be done by Columbus Day weekend, and landscaping and tree planting also will wrap up.

The top layer of pavement is slated to be done beginning in October, including striping and pavement markings. A punch list for any repairs or upgrades that need fixing is expected to be done by Thanksgiving.

"The state Department of Transportation doesn't think they'll finish it, but the contractor has an aggressive schedule," Gasiewicz said.

Mayor Clark Crook afterward praised the improvements and said original estimates had the project completion targeted for next spring, but that no longer is expected to be the case.

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