City roads set for paving

The city’s 2008 roads program is moving along, although later than expected.

The city’s 2008 roads program is moving along, although later than expected.

Ray Halgas, superintendent of the Department of Public Works, said city crews have been working for over a week to get the approved streets ready for repaving.

So far, workers have made repairs on Florida Avenue, Chapman Drive, Guy Park Avenue and Division Street. Halgas said crews will move next to Evelyn Avenue, Brookside Avenue, Rockton Street, Clizbe Avenue and Willow Street.

Bid requests for the city’s 2008 Road Program were advertised Monday, City Engineer Richard Phillips said. Bids are due by 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17.

Phillips said he anticipates the Common Council will have a special meeting to award the contract and begin work repaving the city’s roads.

Phillips said based on the estimates for Johnstown’s roads program, the cost of Amsterdam’s roads program and the Church Street project should be reasonable.

The Church Street work is actually a holdover from last year. Alderman William Wills, D-4th Ward, said he is unhappy at the rate at which the Church Street project is being completed.

“By the time they are finished doing the work to Church Street they will be paving it in November or December,” Wills said. “It won’t be pleasant.”

Wills said he’s concerned about the children walking down Church Street on their way to school in September when the real construction starts.

“They should have started in the later part of June,” Wills said.

Last year the city hired Delsignore Paving to reconstruct Church Street at a cost of $416,000. The city was going to pay for the project using a state multimodal grant, state highway improvement funds and city money.

However, Delsignore only completed the sidewalks before the 2008 construction season ended. It later got into a dispute with the city and is no longer involved in the project.

The city decided in March to reconstruct the entire road, including structures under the road’s surface and repaving. The additional work was estimated to cost $360,000.

Phillips said the Church Street project is “moving along on schedule.”

He said the plan is to put together a resolution for Tuesday’s Common Council meeting asking the city’s permission to advertise bids for the projects.

He said the city will probably have to hold a special meeting to award the contract, because the council’s next regular meeting wouldn’t be until August.

“We could start in early August,” he said. “I know it’s late in the season, but it will get done.”

Phillips said the project would not take long to complete once work begins.

However, he added, traffic will have to be rerouted from Church Street once construction starts because the manholes are in the center of the road.

The fire hydrants will also be fixed. Phillips said the old sidewalk was much narrower than the current one. He said it seems that because the project was so rushed, the contractor decided to build the sidewalks around the hydrants instead of moving them.

Phillips said when the work is done the hydrants will be set back.

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