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Work starts on 'green infrastructure' project in Williamsville

Work has begun on a $1.46 million project to reduce stormwater runoff near a village of Williamsville park.

The "green infrastructure" improvements for South Long Street and Village Square Lane include bioretention planters and permeable paving to capture and treat stormwater before discharge into Ellicott Creek. The measures are expected to reduce ponding of water in South Long Park, provide greater pedestrian safety and improve the streetscape's visual appeal.

Village and county officials joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at the site Monday for a ceremonial groundbreaking. Construction is expected to be complete by June.

The village is contributing $121,444 toward the cost, and received grants of $1.09 million from the state Environmental Facilities Corporation and $250,000 from the state Dormitory Authority.

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