SARANAC LAKE - The village Board of Trustees has awarded a contract for sidewalk replacement on another section of Main Street, part of the village's ongoing $1 million sidewalk replacement project.
At a special meeting Wednesday night, the board accepted a $66,565 bid from Fuller Excavating for replacement of the sidewalk and curb on the west side of Main Street from the Harrietstown Town Hall to the intersection of Broadway. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 15, village officials said in a press release.
The Department of Public Works will begin demolition and removal of the old sidewalk and curbs as soon as all existing utilities are located, but no later than Monday. DPW will also install drainage, remove two old cobra-style streetlights and install one new antique-style streetlight. Fuller Excavating is scheduled to begin installing curb on May 24.
Sidewalks have been ripped out in central downtown Saranac Lake, as seen Wednesday evening. The downtown project is expected to finish by early June — the first phase of a $1 million effort to upgrade sidewalks throughout the community, authorized by the village Board of Trustees in 2011.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)
DPW will begin demolition and removal work at the alley between the town hall and Rice Furniture and proceed north along Main Street. Village officials said access to building and business entrances will be maintained at all times except for limited interruptions when concrete is poured and finished. During demolition and construction, the sidewalks will remain open as much as possible; however, the village said parking spaces on the west side of Main Street will be closed. At times, traffic on Main Street will also be reduced to one lane.
Meanwhile, the first phase of the project, replacement of sidewalk on Broadway between Main Street and Woodruff Street, is on schedule. DPW crews completed demolition and removal of the old sidewalk in two days and construction is scheduled to begin on Monday. The sidewalks remain open on Broadway, but pedestrians are urged to use caution in the area. Phase one is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 25, weather permitting. At various times, the Pontiac parking lot will be temporarily closed, although village officials said it will remain open as much as possible during construction.
Construction on all sidewalks will occur anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Village officials said they appreciate the patience that business owners and residents have shown so far and encouraged residents to support downtown businesses as much as possible during the construction.
For the latest updates regarding the project, visit the village's website at www.saranaclakeny.gov or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saranaclake. Questions may also be directed to village Manager John Sweeney at 518-891-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org