I am pleased to respond to the June 17 letter to the editor written by Jean Heesch on the condition of Erie Boulevard, as well as the recent column by Sara Foss.
The city of Schenectady Department of Engineering secured $1.5 million in federal funding to repair this last section of Erie Boulevard from Union Street to the new roundabout at Nott Street.
In January of this year, the city held a public meeting to review plans to improve this corridor.
The city is now in the process of completing a major water line replacement project prior to starting improvements to the road surface this July. Underground work has to precede surface improvements.
Now that underground work is nearing completion, the city will be overlaying Erie Boulevard with a thin layer of fresh asphalt in July. Once the new curbs and sidewalks are completed, the surface will be milled and repaved.
Our anticipated completion date for the work is late fall of this year. I am pleased to report that the project is on schedule and on budget.
Christopher R. Wallin
The writer is the city engineer.