Wa­ter line re­place­ment ahead of sched­ule

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

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.”

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