By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – Roughly five people attended a Tuesday morning informational session at the Civic Center to discuss Main Street Streetscape progress.
Streetscape design manager Ian Law of PLACE Alliance in Syracuse said the project is nearing a “rapid wrapup.” Ground broke on the eastern side of the street in mid-June last year.
Law said he and local contractors on the project are eyeing an Aug. 31 deadline, after which time work will begin on miscellaneous punch-list items.
“Everything looks right in line to hit that (date) without any problem,” Law said.
Clerk of the works Martin Canney of Upstate Companies echoed, “Torto Construction is well on their way to meeting that no problem.”
Law said, after experiencing setbacks and delays with the first portion of the project, work on the second phase has gone much smoother.
“We’ve seen a big difference on the western side,” he said. “And we’ve been moving at a nice, steady pace. We’ve made a lot of significant progress.”
Concrete work on the western side, Law said, should begin next week and, in what he called a “very conservative estimate,” require between two and a half to three weeks for completion. Blacktop patching, electrical work and installment of site furnishings will follow, he said.
Once bollards, specifically, are in, Law noted, traffic will be forced to move more slowly through the village.
“You’ll see the traffic pattern (become) more established and the traffic flow can function as it was designed to,” Law said. “There will be a little bit of a learning curve, but we’re confident it will work fine.”
Final completion and punch-list items will include, Law said, such “typical” fixes as repairs to small cracks in the sidewalks and slight ponding in emergent low spots.
Village officials and project designers plan to host a final public Streetscape hearing later this month. Look for a date and time in upcoming editions of this publication and on local radio.