Olive Street is a top priority this year

The rough surface of Olive Street is seen on Tuesday afternoon in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Jesse Adcock)

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works announced its priorities for road work at the village board meeting Monday night, and “the major project for this year is Olive Street,” said DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora.

“Plans are all done and complete.”

This will include work on the road’s surface and underground infrastructure from William Street to Sunset Road in 2019. In 2020, work will proceed from Sunset Road to LaPan Highway.

How fast this happens depends on how much money the DPW gets from the state through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, along with winter recovery and Pave NY.

“That money can be hit or miss, depending on the state budget,” Dora wrote in an email.

Olive Street gets heavy use as people drive and walk to and from Saranac Lake High School.

At the meeting, Mayor Clyde Rabideau raised the point of hiring out for the Olive Street work to get it done all in one year, as “sometimes it’s better to just yank the tooth,” Rabideau said.

Dora said he was hesitant to subcontract out for the work because hiring private contractors requires paying a prevailing wage. This would drive up the cost of the work.

Rabideau said it was something the board would discuss further as the budget is put together in the coming months.

The DPW will get $160,000 in reimbursable money from the state for Olive Street, covering all paving, sidewalks, curb, subbase installation, catch basins and drainage pipe work, Dora said. The other underground aspects — water and sewer — are covered in the village budget.

The DPW is also looking at finishing road work Old Lake Colby Road from the village line to state Route 86, as well as finishing road work on Duprey Street.

“The cost for those two projects are approximately $74,000 pending the price of asphalt this year,” Dora wrote.