Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

August 22, 2013

Work on Transit and Robinson nearing end

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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.

• Town Board members voted to send a request for $22,000 in Niagara River Greenway funding for the purchase of two sets of bleachers. The bleachers would be installed at the soccer fields at Day Road Park. Smith said it is possible the bleachers would not be that expensive, so the full amount may not be needed.

• Smith informed board members Wednesday the expectation is Walmart will begin construction sometime in the fall, possibly October. Smith added that construction bids are due this week from contractors seeking to build the planned Walmart supercenter.

The supercenter – which has been delayed by almost everything from lawsuits to seagulls — would be a 185,000-square-foot store, combining a full-service supermarket with a typical Walmart. The new store would replace a Walmart located about one-quarter mile south of the supercenter site on South Transit Road.

The new store is to be built on the site of the former Lockport Mall, most of which was demolished in 2011. The only remnant of the mall is the Bon-Ton department store, which remains open with a new facade that would match the planned supercenter.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.