Second phase of 13-week, $1.2-million reconstruction scheduled to commence today
AMHERST - So far so good.
Workers from Bowsers Construction have completed the first phase of the reconstruction of South Albion Street and will be back on the site early today to begin the second part of the $1.2-million project.
"So far, everything has been going according to plan," Amherst engineering technician and project manager Kraig Morris said Wednesday.
"We've had a few things come up but nothing major."
Morris said the 13-week project appears to be on schedule, but suggested at worst it could be a week behind.
The project is expected to wrap up in early September.
The second phase of the project includes replacing storm sewers from Smitty's to Costin Drive. Like the first phase, replacing the sanitary sewer, the second phase is expected to take four to six weeks.
The third and final phase will take place in August and include the repaving of the street.
While there have been a few complaints, Morris said the response to date has been mostly positive, with area business operators supporting the work that has to be done.
Also, while the plan was for uninterrupted two-way traffic during construction, Morris said there have been times when traffic has been reduced to one lane.
"It's for safety reasons," Morris said.
"There have been times when the asphalt has been undermined and we felt it would safer to reduce traffic to a single lane. You always have to err on the side of safety for the contractor, its employees, pedestrians and motorists."
The storm sewer project is a little bigger than replacing the sanitary sewer in that the piping is a little bigger.
While working closer to natural gas mains could slow things down, Morris pointed out, the crews will be farther away from the water main.
The project represents the first major reconstruction of South Albion Street since 1973.
It's the biggest paving project since East Victoria was rebuilt 22 years ago.
The other part of the project, being completed by Costin Paving, includes the repaving of South Albion from Poplar Street to Costin Drive and from the town boundary to Robert Angus Drive.