SARANAC LAKE - The start of a major downtown infrastructure replacement project has been pushed back to next week.
The village plans to replace sewer and water mains, sidewalks and curbs, and to repave the road on a stretch of Broadway from Bloomingdale Avenue to Dorsey Street. The work, which will take place at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., had been scheduled to start this past Tuesday, but now it's been put off until Wednesday of next week, according to village Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Dora.
"We've had some scheduling delays, materials not getting where they need to be on time," he said. "We've been waiting on manholes, waiting on pipe, big pipe with heavy-duty fittings that sometimes takes longer to manufacture. Once you get going on a project like this, it's not like you can go to the hardware store in town and get what you need."
Village officials have said the project should take about 10 weeks to complete. They're trying to get it done before the start of the busy summer tourism season. Despite the delay, Dora said that's still the goal.
"We're still targeting mid June-ish," Dora said before adding, "It's hard to predict. There's a lot of different players. There's stuff that Trinity (Construction) has to do. There's stuff (J.E.) Sheehan (Contracting) has to do. You've got sidewalks and curbs, and that's all Luck Brothers. Verizon has to work on their underground utilities in the middle of Broadway. Then you've got all new light poles that are going in. This isn't just one guy coming in and whipping through everything. There's four, five, six different players involved."
Dora provided an outline of what will happen during the first few weeks of construction.
The work is set to begin Wednesday night when crews from J.E. Sheehan will conduct exploratory digging on Broadway to verify the location of utilities. That work will continue Thursday night.
The following week, the nights of April 21 through April 24, Trinity Construction will replace a trunk sewer line that runs from the village parking lot next to Twin D Automotive to Broadway. At the same time, J.E. Sheehan crews will remove the road on Broadway and do other utility work.
During the night, that section of Broadway will be closed to all traffic. During the daytime, the road will be open to one-way traffic from Bloomingdale Avenue to Main Street.
The only work that will take place during the day is the pouring of concrete for curbs and sidewalk, and paving the road, Dora said.
Dora said the village will be issuing regular updates on the progress of the project through the local news media.