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Lawmakers approve funds to complete Lewiston Road project

NIAGARA FALLS – The end of the reconstruction of Lewiston Road is within sight.

City lawmakers on Monday approved an additional $204,000 in work for Accadia Site Contracting of Depew, work the city says is necessary because the previous contractor’s work was inadequate.

The City Council voted, 5-0, to approve the additional work for the long-delayed project.

“My guess is that, as quickly as this gets approved, you’re going to see them moving towards the completion of the project,” said Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

Earlier this year, the Council approved $130,000 in additional work for Accadia, who took over as the contractor for the project from Man O’Trees of West Seneca.

The total cost of the contract for Accadia’s work is now $4.7 million.

The city had paid Man O’Trees for some of the work, but is looking to recoup what it considers its damages through a lawsuit.

The Council also approved moving $760,000 into a street paving account to help pay for a second round of street resurfacing this year.

The work is possible now because of the resolution of the dispute between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state that held up payment of the city’s share of slot machine revenue from Seneca Niagara Casino.

A total of $1.5 million in additional road work was announced last week when Dyster outlined his plans for the $89 million in casino funding set to arrive in the coming weeks. The city already had $740,000 in that budget line.

The streets to be repaved and resurfaced in the second round are Military Road south of Niagara Falls Boulevard from Scott Avenue to Cayuga Drive; 80th Street from Niagara Falls Boulevard to Frontier Avenue; Colvin Boulevard; Van Rensselear, Chestnut, Chasm, Maple and Vanderbilt avenues and Rankine Road in DeVeaux; 19th Street from Pine Avenue to Niagara Street; Weston Avenue from 22nd Street to Hyde Park Boulevard; and Cleveland Avenue from 18th Street to Hyde Park Boulevard.

In other business Monday, the Council:

• Awarded a bid for roof and masonry work at the Walnut Avenue firehall for $185,000 to Joseph A. Sanders & Sons of Buffalo.

• Approved spending $4,166 for overtime in the forestry division of the Department of Public Works. and $9,904 for a temporary equipment operator.