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Lockport highway chief plans $3.5 million repaving program

LOCKPORT – Highway Superintendent David J. Miller presented the Town Board Wednesday with a five-year repaving program for town roads that he estimated would cost nearly $3.5 million.

The board did not commit to the plan, but its members commended Miller for planning ahead.

“From a practicality standpoint, Dave sees what we all see,” Supervisor Marc R. Smith said.

The plan lists more than 40 roads that would be repaved in whole or part. Miller, who offered cost estimates for each road, said he based the prices on the assumption that asphalt would cost $70 a ton – he said it’s around $66 a ton right now – and that town crews, not contractors, would perform all the work.

He envisions two inches of new asphalt on all roads except Harrington Road, the only one on the list where the pavement would be ground up and recycled.

“Our roads are deteriorating a little bit,” said Miller, who blamed last year’s harsh winter and subpar work and materials in the past.

Smith said the town has the option of going for a paving blitz, but Miller was requesting a slower, steadier approach.

“We spend just about $500,000 a year on paving. Over five years, that’s $2.5 million,” said Miller, who wants to spend about $1 million more than that.

“This looks like a rather daunting challenge, but you’re saying it’s a 30 percent increase from what you normally do,” Councilman Mark C. Crocker said to Miller.

Crocker suggested waiting until 2016 to start the plan. “Otherwise, we’d have to change our (tentative 2015) budget,” he said.

Miller didn’t object. “There’s no rush on this. It’s up to you guys,” he said.

The notion of buying a new paving machine also was floated. Councilman Paul W. Siejak said, “The paver we currently have is pretty much obsolete in terms of getting parts for it.”

Siejak said, “We do have healthy fund balances we can allocate to highway needs. It’s better than being behind the eight-ball.”

Also Wednesday, the board awarded a $30,000 contract to Leak Detection Location Services to check all 141 miles of water lines in the town. Smith said he thinks the work can be done before winter, giving the town an idea of what repairs it needs.

Also, Sewer Specialty Services was hired for $24,000 to televise and flush sewer lines in the Lincoln Village and Carlisle Gardens subdivisions. Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the Lincoln Village main is to be cleaned Nov. 11.

He also reported that the connection of new water mains being installed on Lincoln Avenue is two to four weeks away. He said water supplies will have to be shut off for about two hours to send the flow through the new pipes, which are being laid as a preliminary to reconstruction of the street next year.