Water line replacement ahead of schedule
Work to replace the 102-yearold water lines on Main Street is several weeks ahead of schedule.
Work to replace the 102-year-old water lines on Main Street is several weeks ahead of schedule and town officials expect the project to be completed next month.
The update was provided during a Town Board meeting Wednesday, with Councilman John Hughes saying the project has been less of a disruption than anticipated for business and residential traffic.
“It’s been better than we thought it would be by all accounts,” he said.
Merritt Construction of Saugerties began work on Aug. 9 and was expected to take four months to complete the work.
Councilwoman Jennifer Metzger said contractors have been cooperative in responding to concerns raised during the project.
“There was a fairly brief period of dust because it’s been so dry,” she said. “They were moving more quickly than they though so they were doing it in longer strips, which left more dust for a while. But then they very much accommodated concerns and came to pave over the gaps.”
A $2 million grant and $1.05 million no-interest loan through the state Environmental Facilities Corporation was secured last year to replace the lines and other equipment for the water system.
Metzger said the project will also help improve the safety of pedestrians in the business district.
“When they replace the laterals and then repair the sidewalks they are going to make our crosswalks (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant,” she said.
“They’re putting curb cuts in and we have two crosswalks,” Metzger said. “Crosswalks have been a big deal because that an important part of helping people walk to their homes and businesses.”