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Board unanimously approves second phase of boardwalk extension at Canalside

Canalside’s popular boardwalk soon will be extended following a unanimous vote by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Five hundred feet of permanent, wooden boardwalk will replace the existing asphalt sidewalk that runs from about where the Clinton’s Dish snack stand is located down to the kayak-rental kiosk.

Also, wooden planks in the existing boardwalk that have been damaged will be replaced and the temporary chain link fence that runs alongside the asphalt will be replaced with a permanent railing.

The development group is hoping to improve the bike pathway by including new walks and paths, signage and landscaping. In addition, the beach area is expected to be expanded and rebuilt, with fencing added to screen the Buffalo Sewer Authority pump station.

Construction is expected to begin in October, during Canalside’s off-season, and will be completed by April 29, 2016.

The board Monday agreed to work with Scott Lawn Yard Inc. for the work on the second phase. The contract is for $1.956 million, with a 10 percent contingency, totaling $2.152 million. The New York Power Authority will fund the project.

Three bids were received at the end of May, from Scott Lawn Yard Inc., Keleman-Bauer Construction and Northern Dreams Construction, and the two lowest bidders were interviewed. Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., the corporation’s design consultant, recommended Scott Lawn Yard Inc. as the “lowest responsible bidder.”

In April 2011, the board approved construction of a temporary extension of the boardwalk, in he first experiment with public access to the water. In March 2012, the board retained Herbert F. Darling Inc. to do a dock extension, which opened the following May.

Thomas Dee, president of the board, said officials are comfortable that the company can complete the job, as the company seems to have a lot of work for comparable contracts.