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March 31, 2013

Paving projects

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Few major road improvement projects will be undertaken in eastern Niagara County this year, according to local highway chiefs.

The biggie for Niagara County is reconstruction of Stone Road, Lockport, between Johnson and Cambria-Lockport Townline roads. It’s an estimated $2 million project to restore roadway that’s been pounded away by increased truck traffic, according to Mike Tracy, deputy commissioner of public works.

Bids for the construction work are to be unsealed in mid-April. Construction should start in June and major work could be wrapped up in the fall, Tracy said this week.

In Middleport, North Main Street/Stone Road, between the canal lift bridge and Ridge Road, and the stretch of Griswold Street between Rochester and Graham roads, will be pulled up and replaced as well.

The county plans to replace North Main Street entirely, meaning mill the existing road, discard the old and put down new asphalt; and employ “cold recycling” to refurbish Stone and Griswold, meaning mill the surfaces and recycle broken-up material in place.

Sections of Hess and Charlotteville roads in Newfane are candidates for repaving, but according to Tracy the 2013 project list won’t be final until biennial rating of all county roads is done in late April. “Worst first” is a consideration when the list is drafted, he said.

The state Department of Transportation is planning repaving of Route 93 throughout Royalton and Lockport, and Route 18 in Wilson and Newfane, this year.

Eleven lane-miles of Lake Road — between Route 425, Wilson, and West Main Street, Olcott — will be resurfaced near the end of summer, at an approximate cost of $275,000, D.O.T. spokeswoman Susan Surdej said. Twenty-one lane miles of Route 93 will be resurfaced at an estimated cost of $800,000.

Also, DOT is having guide rail upgrades done along the same stretch of 93, plus all of Route 425, at an approximate cost of $800,000, Surdej said.

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