Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — More sidewalks are expected to be installed along Robinson and Dysinger roads, according to Town of Lockport officials.
The state Department of Transportation intends to complete sidewalk installation on both sides of Robinson and Dysinger roads by this fall, Supervisor Marc R. Smith told the Town Board on Monday.
Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said sidewalks would be installed on the south side of Robinson, from the Centre Street entrance of the Woodlands mobile home park to South Transit Road. That would complete the sidewalks installed in 2011 by the state from Raymond Road to Centre Street, a project that took place following three serious pedestrian accidents.
The south sidewalks will include a 10-foot-wide bridge to take the sidewalk over Donner Creek next to the town water and sewer building. Klavoon said that the town has agreed to pay $50,000 to $60,000 for the bridge structure but that installation costs are part of the state’s contract.
The DOT is also considering adding sidewalks on the north side of Robinson all the way from South Transit Road to the end of the string of apartment houses on Dysinger, a distance of about a mile and a half. Bidding for starts in the summer.
”And, as I understood it, they’re looking at it all in one pact,” Smith said.
On the north side of Robinson Road, the sidewalk will start at South Transit, but the footpath will be diverted onto the shoulder of the road at Donner Creek, because the waterway is wider there.
Klavoon said the Niagara County Water District is planning to install a new water transmission main on the south side of Robinson Road, but its path should run between the road and the sidewalk. The town didn’t want the projects to interfere with each other.
Robinson Road, which makes up part of Route 93, runs west and east from Bear Ridge Road to Beattie Avenue, where the name changes to Dysinger Road. Dysinger runs until it meets Akron Road.
Monday’s sidewalks discussion came a week before officials hold a public informational meeting on the “Safe Route to School” project.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the hall, 6560 Dysinger Road.
The city school district, the city and town of Lockport, were the recipients of a $570,219 Safe Routes To School grant. The money will be used to install sidewalks in areas near school building in the town and city.
Sidewalks will be installed at four locations:
• George Southard Elementary School on Locust Street Extension. About 1,743 feet of sidewalks will be installed on Locust Street from O’Connor Drive to the existing asphalt trail to the south.
• Roy B. Kelley Elementary School on East High Street. About 2,130 feet of sidewalks will be installed on East High Street from Greenview Drive to Davison Road.
• Emmet Belknap Intermediate School on High Street. Roughly 890 feet of sidewalks will be installed on Hi Point Drive from the asphalt trail to the Willow Street intersection.
• North Park Junior High School on Passaic Avenue. Roughly 475 feet of sidewalks will be installed on Corinthia Street from Trowbridge Street to Passaic Avenue.
In other town news, Councilman Paul W. Siejak said recycling increased in the Town of Lockport during 2013, but so did the amount of trash people threw away.
The town recycled 1,196 tons of trash last year, up 33.7 tons from the 2012 total. But the amount of solid waste that was not recycled also rose, by 240 tons to a total of 6,653 tons.
The total of trashed and recycled waste in 2013 was 7,849 tons, an increase of nearly 274 tons, or 3.5 percent.
The rate of waste recycled was 15.24 percent, which was down one-tenth of 1 percent from the 2012 rate.
Those figures don’t include 59,104 pounds of electronics dropped off at the town highway garage for recycling last year. The town was paid $3,743 for electronic recycling, an increase of $785 from 2012 when 40,932 pounds were recycled.
Another 6,007 pounds were recycled in January.
• In another matter, bids for the Lincoln Village pump station repair are due Feb. 21. The station has malfunctioned a number of times, leading to four different occasions of basements flooding for some residents over the last 18 months.
A recommendation concerning the bid award could come before the Town Board at their regular meeting on March 5, Klavoon said.
Town workers have completed a survey on Forestview Drive, located in the southern part of the town, jotting out east off of Lockwood Lane, a street just off of Tonawanda Creek Road. The road has flooded a few times, most recently in last month’s ice storm, primarily because nearby Mud Creek overflowed its banks.
The survey is being reviewed and results will be reported to the board, Klavoon said.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.