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August 22, 2013

Work on Transit and Robinson nearing end

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Traffic should return to normal at the intersection of South Transit and Robinson roads, as repair work on a sewer line collapse and resulting sinkhole was to be completed Wednesday.

Lockport Town Engineer Robert Klavoon told the Town Board Wednesday work in the intersection should be completed. However, a sidewalk and grass will not be replaced until the repairs have three to four weeks to settle, Klavoon said.

But the pedestrian pole would be installed immediately, he added.

The concrete sewer main, more than 40 years old, backed up into nearby buildings July 25. The sinkhole opened July 29 and the sidewalk collapsed the next morning. It’s believed the stress of the soil and road eventually wore down the pipe.

Klavoon said his initial repair cost estimate of $30,000 will be too low because the work has taken longer than expected. The trench collapsed and a town water line broke on Aug. 6 and the presence of a 30-inch county water main made progress slow.

The final connection of the new plastic sewer main was completed Tuesday.

In other town news:

• Supervisor Marc R. Smith said he and Economic Development Director David R. Kinyon would like the board to spend $3,000 on a full-page ad in “Shopping Center Business,” a magazine distributed at the International Association of Shopping Centers winter conference. Town officials have attended similar conferences in the past to promote Lockport and draw new retailers.

• Councilwoman Patricia Dufour reported to board members that 242 people, 122 from the town, participated in a hazardous waste drop-off event over the weekend. Responding to a request of some who attended, a tire drop off will be discussed in the future, Dufour said.

• Councilman Paul W. Siejak said a one-family home at 6804 Erica Lane is expected to be demolished Friday, a move the Town Board approved earlier this month. The property, vacant for some time, was taken over by the town in July.

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