BY JOE OLENICK email@example.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A small water leak is expected to be repaired Monday on Day Road in the Town of Lockport.
Roughly a mile-long stretch of Day Road was closed at about 7:50 a.m. Friday until later in the afternoon. The road closure was just north of the Erie Canal, from Slayton Settlement to North Canal Road, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said.
Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the town highway department was going to repave that section of Day Road. With the road closed, workers thought it would be a good time to fix a water line leak.
“There’s a small break that’s been there for a bit,” Smith said. “It’s a small leak that’s been going on for awhile in a resident’s front yard. ... They thought they could get both done at the same time.”
It would’ve worked, except another water line broke on Snyder Drive on Friday. Town workers left Day Road and went to repair that line, located near Hamm Road. The work on Snyder Drive was completed Friday without shutting the road down.
There just wasn’t enough time to complete both repair jobs, Smith said.
“So they’ll get back out there on Monday,” he said. Day Road won’t have to be closed down Monday, Smith added.
Town officials have been trying to catch up with regular road, water and sewer line repairs. Smith said now that there’s two department heads – Highway Superintendent David J. Miller and Director of Operations Daniel Dodge – the town will be able to get to repairs faster.
Dodge was appointed last month as operations director, a new position created earlier this year. The operations department will be responsible for the maintenance of town buildings and land, with the exception of the highway garage. That will include being responsible for the management of the town’s parks, lighting district, water and sewer systems.
Before Dodge was appointed, the work was overseen by Miller and the highway department.
“We’re getting caught up,” Smith said.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.