Main Street Construction Update

Williamsville Picture Main Street And Highway Paving

NY Route 5 I-290 to Williamsville EVL

Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville

Proposed Sequence of Operations

(SEE BELOW FOR WEEKLY UPDATES)

Phase 1      Village Square to Mill Street on South Side (6/4/18 to 6/29/18)

Curb, sidewalk, snow storage, ADA ramps, foundations for HAWK Signal, drainage structure installations and rehabs.

HAWK signal pole delivery expected last week of July.

*Progress of work will depend upon the on-time delivery of the granite curbs. Contractor will work outside the “festival areas” as necessary.

The goal is to complete S. Cayuga to Mill by 6/29.

Phase 2      I-290 to Village Square South and North Sides (7/9/18 to 7/23/18)

Complete all drainage rehabs, ADA ramps, curbs and sidewalks

Phase 3      Mill Street – East Village Line South and North Sides (7/24/18 to 8/7/18)

Complete all drainage rehabs, ADA ramps, curbs and sidewalks

Phase 4      Reist Street to Mill Street North Side (7/30/18 to 8/15/18)

Curb, sidewalk, snow storage, ADA ramps, foundations for HAWK Signal, drainage structure installations and rehabs.

*The contractor will concentrate on the completion of the Cayuga to Mill section and will avoid working in this area on Thursdays after 3:30 PM to avoid the Thursday music festivals.

Phase 5      Milling and Paving I-290 to Williamsville South High School (9/7/18 TO 9/30/18)

(NIGHT WORK)

Mill existing roadway surface, adjust manholes and water valve boxes in road to proposed elevation, power company, gas company and phone company to adjust their manholes and valve boxes.

Pave new asphalt surface and temporary striping.

Phase 6      Final Road Striping and new sign installation (10/1/18 TO 10/31/18)

Complete final road striping and install new road signs, complete remaining miscellaneous items.

Please Note: Weather and unknown factors such as unknown underground utilities, supply delays and coordination with utility companies may cause progress delays. Updates will be issued weekly.

National Fuel will have a contractor on site beginning 5/29/18. They will work on their facilities on the north side of Main Street, beginning at Reist Street and progress towards Mill Street. They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have to their service.

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 8/20 THROUGH 8/24

Phase 2 (north side) – Mill Street to Reist Street

The plan for last week was to complete the sidewalk to Mill Street.  It looked good until the weather threatened rain today.  The main sidewalk, other than the sidewalk ramps at the intersections, are in up to the Center for Plastic Surgery driveway.  This coming week’s plan is to complete the sidewalks and the balance of the crosswalk ramps along with the adjacent areas from Reist to Mill Street, weather permitting.

Phase 3 (south side) – Fire hall to the Bridge over Ellicott creek

The driveway entrance to the Town hall on Main Street is now open. Thank you for your patience.

The plan is to continue with the prep work in front of the Town / Village halls and Irishman Restaurant and begin the installation of the new sidewalks.

Every attempt will be made to maintain access to the Irishman Restaurant. It will be necessary to restrict the width of the driveway to ½ in order to complete the necessary work.

Phase 4 (South Side) Ellicott Creek to Garrison

The excavation of the curb and existing sidewalk is nearing completion and installation of new curbs and drainage has begun. As I mentioned in the past, underground conflicts happen and this area is no exception.  We are working on solutions to get things moving again. 

Access to the Ed Young Plaza is being restricted to two driveways during this phase; the signalized driveway at Mill Street and the eastern driveway nearest Read’s Laundry. It may be reduced to one driveway during the workday if necessary.

Work has begun on the new ADA compliant curb ramps at the intersection of Garrison Rd / Evans Street.  Traffic will be maintained but the number of lanes will be reduced to one in each direction during the workday.  Delays are expected to be severe on Garrison and Evans at Main Street while the work is being performed. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid this intersection during daily work hours.

Other Work

Work has begun on the pedestrian crossing improvements on the south side at Lafayette and South Forest and will continue through the week.  Also planned, is to begin work at South Union.

Safety Concerns

As you approach the lane closures, plan far enough in advance to merge from the right lane to the left lane. Waiting to the last moment causes heated tempers and may force you into the coned off area.  The flashing arrow boards are visible many blocks in advance of the work zone.

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

Note: A flagger has the same power as a police officer controlling traffic. They have been trained and are aware of the construction equipment, traffic attempting to enter from side streets and driveways and the flow of traffic on the mainline.  Please give them the opportunity to properly perform their duties. Yelling at them out your window and honking the horn at them will not deter them from doing their job in a safe and workman like manor. Concentration on their part is paramount.

The contractor fabricated plywood and 2 x 4 “bridges” to provide access to businesses where the fresh concrete is being placed. It will typically harden overnight and can be traversed then.  Please refrain from damaging the fresh concrete.

In the area where the new curbs will be installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operation, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

Motorists should be aware that daily eastbound and westbound right lane closures will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected. There are no lane closure restrictions on the weekends.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Upcoming Work

Week of 8/27

The contractor will begin removing manhole covers in the roadway, placing steel plates over them and temporarily patching to the surface in preparation of the milling operation. (Milling is the process of grinding off the top 1 ½ “of the road surface)

This will provide an unobstructed surface for the milling machine to perform at optimum efficiency.

Weeks of 9/4 – 10/5

The contract work will shift to night work, beginning at 6:00 PM and concluding at 6:00 AM.  The milling will be done in three phases. First Phase; Union to Evans, Second Phase; East side of I-290 to Union and Third Phase; Evans to Farber. Milling will commence on Tuesday 9/4.  Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.  On the second night, the installation of the new traffic detection loops and the resetting of the manholes to the proper grade will begin.  This process will continue until the work is complete. The new manhole frames will be set in concrete.  It will take time for the concrete to harden.  Therefore, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction, around the clock, until the work is complete. The milling operation is not weather sensitive so rain will not affect the process, but the loop installation uses adhesives and concrete will be placed around the manholes, neither is compatible with excess water.

Following the milling, loop installation and setting of manholes, the contractor will begin to place the new asphalt pavement on Main Street.  After completion of Main Street, intersecting streets will be done.

There will be two milling machines and many dump trucks hauling the milled material away from the site.  The road will be congested.  Flag people will be on hand to control traffic.  Expect severe delays.  These delays should also be expected for the paving operation.

It is strongly recommended that travelers utilize alternate routes during this time.

Parking will be restricted in the planned areas.  Signs will be posted with the time restrictions on them. 

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 8/13 THROUGH 8/17

Phase 2 (north side) – Mill Street to Reist Street

Most of the main sidewalk is in from Reist to east of Rock Street.

The Plan for the week is to complete the sidewalks and the balance of the crosswalk ramps along with the adjacent areas from Reist to Mill Street.

Phase 3 (south side) – Fire hall to the Bridge over Ellicott creek

There was a delay in in the prep work in front of the Town / Village halls.  A fiber optic conduit conflicted with the sidewalk excavation and needed to be relocated. With that now complete, the contractor will continue to prep the area for the new sidewalks in front of the Village office, Library, Town office and the Irishman Restaurant.

Every attempt will be made to maintain access to the Irishman Restaurant. It will be necessary to restrict the width of the driveway to ½ in order to complete the necessary work.

The Main Street driveway entrance to the Town offices is closed.  Please use the entrance on South Cayuga Road during the construction of this phase.

Weather permitting, the placing of concrete driveway apron to the Town Hall should be done on Monday.  There is a seven-day curing period before traffic can be permitted to use it.  Accessing the driveway prior to the concrete hardening will cause it to crack.

Phase 4 (South Side) Ellicott Creek to Garrison 

The excavation of the curb and sidewalk areas has begun from Ellicott Creek to Oakgrove. Access to the Ed Young Plaza is being restricted to two driveways during this phase; the signalized driveway at Mill Street and the eastern driveway nearest Reads Laundry. It may be reduced to one driveway during the workday if necessary.

It is possible that the excavation for the new ADA compliant curb ramps will begin this week at the intersection of Garrison Rd / Evans Street.  Traffic will be maintained but the number of lanes will be reduced to one in each direction.  Delays are expected to severe on Garrison and Evans at Main Street while the work is being performed. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid this intersection during daily work hours.

 

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 8/6 THROUGH 8/10

Phase 2 (north side) – Mill Street to Reist Street

Most of the main sidewalk is in from Reist to east of Rock Street.

The Plan for the week is to complete the sidewalks and the balance of the crosswalk ramps along with the adjacent areas from Reist to Mill Street.

Phase 3 (south side) – Fire hall to the Bridge over Ellicott creek

The contractor will continue to prep the area for the new sidewalks in front of the Village office, Library, Town office and the Irishman Restaurant. 

Every attempt will be made to maintain access to the Irishman Restaurant. It will be necessary to restrict the width of the driveway to ½ in order to complete the necessary work.

The placing of concrete sidewalks will begin from the fire hall and proceed east.

The Main Street driveway entrance to the town offices is closed.  Please use the entrance on South Cayuga Road during the construction of this phase.

If everything goes as per plan, the excavation for the new ADA compliant curb ramps will begin on Thursday 8/9 at the intersection of Garrison Rd.  Traffic will be maintained but the number of lanes will be reduced to one in each direction.  Delays are expected to severe on Garrison and Evans at Main Street while the work is being performed. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid this intersection during daily work hours.

General Information

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police and fire when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side streets to navigate the area.

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 7/30 THROUGH 8/3

Sidewalks – Mill Street to Reist Street

The Plan for the week is to complete the sidewalks and adjacent areas from Reist to Mill Street.

Sidewalks – Fire hall to the Bridge over Ellicott creek

The contractor will complete the saw cut in the pavement, excavate the curbs and sidewalks, install the new curbs and prep the area for the new sidewalks in front of the Village office, Library, Town office and the Irishman Restaurant. 

Every attempt will be made to maintain access to the Irishman Restaurant. It will be necessary to restrict the width of the driveway to ½ in order to complete the necessary work.

The Main Street driveway entrance to the Town offices will be closed.  Please use the entrance on South Cayuga Road during the construction of this phase.

General Information

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police and fire when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side streets to navigate the area.

 

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 7/23 THROUGH 7/27

The Main Street construction project continues.  Normal work hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There will be work on Saturday 7/21

7:00 AM – 3:00 PM. There will be no lane closures on Sat 7/21.

Businesses and residents on Main Street between Union Road and Hirschfield Drive / Farber Lane please take note:

To minimize traffic congestion during the construction project, Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days; Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street, by 6:30 AM.  The Village requests that place your garbage at the curb for pick up the evening before.

Phase 1 (south side) – South Cayuga to the fire hall

The sidewalks are complete up to the fire hall driveway. The exposed aggregate areas will be completed on Monday 7/23.

There will be no DOT work from the firehall east on Saturday so not to affect the Garden Walk in front of the Village offices.

The reclaimed brick pavers are being installed around the trees and at the curb bump outs at the intersections.

Phase 2 (north side) – Ellicott Creek Bridge to Reist Street

The contractor began pouring the new sidewalks today, Friday 7/20, from east of Reist Street (5416 Main Street)  and proceeded east.  The short stretch from where they started today to Reist will be completed after the final grading of the stone base.

Plan for the week:

Complete new curb installation up to the bridge over Ellicott Creek.

Complete sidewalk installation from Reist Street to Cayuga.

Install drainage receivers.

General Information

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police and fire when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side streets to navigate the area.

Safety Concerns

The center lane, also referred to as the dual left turn lane, is used for vehicles to make left turns into driveways and side streets.  It is not intended to be used as an extra through lane. The designation of “Dual” means that traffic in both directions are permitted to use it FOR TURNING PURPOSES ONLY! It does not permit drivers to travel the length of a block or multiple blocks until they reach their turning destination. There have been close calls with head-on and side swipe situations between vehicles obeying the law and those breaking it.  Please avoid a catastrophic accident and obey the law. The life you save may be your own!  I have asked the Amherst police to be vigilant of the violators within the work zone.

As you approach the lane closures, plan far enough in advance to merge from the right lane to the left lane. Waiting to the last moment causes heated tempers and may force you into the coned off area.  The flashing arrow boards are visible many blocks in advance of the work zone, plan accordingly.

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

Note: A flagger has the same power as a police officer controlling traffic. They have been trained and are aware of the construction equipment, traffic attempting to enter from side streets and driveways and the flow of traffic on the mainline.  Please give them the opportunity to properly perform their duties. Yelling at them out your window and honking the horn at them will not deter them from doing their job in a safe and workman like manor. Concentration on their part is paramount.

The contractor fabricated plywood and 2 x 4 “bridges” to provide access to businesses where the fresh concrete is being placed. It will typically harden overnight and can be traversed then.  Please refrain from damaging the fresh concrete.

In the area where the new curbs will be installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operation, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversed.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

Motorists should be aware that daily eastbound and westbound right lane closures will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected. There are no lane closure restrictions on the weekends.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday.  Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure.

National Fuel will be working on their facilities on the north side of Main Street from Rock Street to Mill Street and on the south side in front of the library. They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have on their services.

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 7/16 THROUGH 7/20

The Main Street construction project continues.  Normal work hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

There will be work on Saturday 7/14  7:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Businesses and residents on Main Street between Union Road and Hirschfield Drive / Farber Lane please take note:

 To minimize traffic congestion during the construction project, Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days; Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street, by 6:30 AM.  The Village requests that place your garbage at the curb for pick up the evening before.

There seems to be some concern regarding the closing of a lane and the cones being placed far in advance of the actual work being performed. For safety reasons (workers and traveling public), in a 35 MPH zone, we are required to place a taper of cones 245 feet to give traffic the opportunity to merge from the closing lane (right lane) into the left lane.  We also provide a buffer distance up to 250 feet in case an errant vehicle does not merge by the end of the taper.  This provides time for the driver to gain control of their vehicle before they encounter construction vehicles / equipment.  Also taken into account are the locations of the intersecting side streets.  We will avoid placing temporary no parking signs in this area unless work is planned there.  Please use extra caution when entering and exiting through the cones.

Phase 1 (south side) – Village Square to the fire hall

The sidewalks are complete up to the fire hall driveway. The exposed aggregate areas will be completed on Friday 7/13.  The contractor will have a crew in on Saturday 7/14 to power wash the surface to achieve the exposed texture. There will be a right lane closure on Saturday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Main Street eastbound.

Phase 2 (north side) – Rock Street to Reist Street

The new curbs should be complete up to Rock Street by Friday 7/20.

Sidewalk installation will begin at Reist Street and proceed east to Rock Street starting Monday 7/16.

Signal work will continue at N. Cayuga.

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police and fire when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side streets to navigate the area.

The contractor fabricated plywood and 2 x 4 “bridges” to provide access to businesses where the fresh concrete is being placed. It will typically harden overnight and can be traversed then.  Please refrain from damaging the fresh concrete.

In the area where the new curbs will be installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operation, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

Motorists should be aware that daily eastbound and westbound right lane closures will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected. There are no lane closure restrictions on the weekends.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours

(6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday.  Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

National Fuel will be working on their facilities on the north side of Main Street from Rock Street to Mill Street. They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have on their services.

 

Scheduled work for the week 7/9 through 7/13

The Main Street construction project continues.  Normal work hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Businesses and residents on Main Street between Union Road and Hirschfield Drive / Farber Lane please take note:

To minimize traffic congestion during the construction project, Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days; Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street, by 6:30 AM.  The Village requests that place your garbage at the curb for pick up the evening before.

There seems to be some concern regarding the closing of a lane and the cones being placed far in advance of the actual work being performed. For safety reasons (workers and traveling public), in a 35 MPH zone, we are required to place a taper of cones 245 feet to give traffic the opportunity to merge from the closing lane (right lane) into the left lane.  We also provide a buffer distance up to 250 feet in case an errant vehicle does not merge by the end of the taper.  This provides time for the driver to gain control of their vehicle before they encounter construction vehicles / equipment.  Also taken into account are the locations of the intersecting side streets.  We will avoid placing temporary no parking signs in this area unless work is planned there.  Please use extra caution when entering and exiting through the cones.

Old Home Days begins Tuesday 7/10 and runs through Friday 7/13.  There will be an increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please pay extra attention to construction equipment and vehicles that will be entering and exiting the work zones. The contractor will avoid working east of Rock Street during this time.

The Rite Aid driveway on Main Street is now open full width.

Phase 1 (south side) – The sidewalks and adjoining areas should be completed up to the fire hall driveway prior to the start of the Old Home Days celebration.

Phase 2 (north side) – Rock Street to Reist Street. The pavement has been cut to accommodate the new curb bump outs, the old curbs and sidewalks are being excavated and new subbase stone is being placed. New curbs will be set in place from Grove Street to Reist Street.  Excavation will continue from Grove to N. Cayuga. 

Sidewalks on the north side will be installed after the installation of the curb and completion of the south side sidewalks up to the fire hall.

South Cayuga

There will be times when northbound traffic on South Cayuga Road will be detoured onto Milton Street to Los Robles to use that signalized intersection while the contractor works around the radius of South Cayuga at Main Street.  A detour will be posted to guide travelers around the work area.  Residents that live between Milton Street and Main Street will be allowed to access their homes. No through traffic will be permitted while the work is being performed. Two-way travel for buses and emergency vehicles will be maintained through the work area by flag people.  Amherst police, fire and the Village will be notified when the detour is in effect and when it will be removed.

At intersections other than Cayuga

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police and fire when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side streets to navigate the area.

The contractor fabricated plywood and 2 x 4 “bridges” to provide access to businesses where the fresh concrete is being placed. It will typically harden overnight and can be traversed then.  Please refrain from damaging the fresh concrete.

Signal work will continue at the intersections of Cayuga and Grove Streets.

In the area where the new curbs will be installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

General Notes

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operation, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

Motorists should be aware that daily eastbound and westbound right lane closures will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday. Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

National Fuel will not be working on their facilities on Main Street this week.  They will be working on the side streets north of Main Street. They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have on their services.

Scheduled work for the week 7/2 through 7/6

The Main Street construction project continues.  Normal work hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM. This week there will be no work on Tuesday 7/3 and Wednesday 7/4 in observance of Independence Day.

Businesses and residents on Main Street between Union Road and Hirschfield Drive / Farber Lane please take note:

To minimize traffic congestion during the construction project, Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days; Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street, by 6:30 AM.  The Village requests that place your garbage at the curb for pick up the evening before.

The cure time on the new concrete that was placed in one half of the Main Street driveway entrance to Rite – Aid is complete.  The 2nd half of the driveway was placed this morning and will be closed for seven days to allow the new concrete to properly harden.  Traffic will be permitted to use the new hardened section, but the width is restricted…….   Please note that there is an entrance on Los Robles.

Phase 1 (south side) is progressing nicely with the curbs, sidewalks and adjoining areas being installed daily. The contractor is making painstaking efforts to provide guidance through these areas. There have been some instances, by mistake or otherwise, where pedestrians have walked in the freshly placed concrete leaving footprints. Please make a conscious effort to avoid stepping in the fresh concrete.  Damage will cause the contractor to replace these areas, delaying our progress and adding unnecessary costs to the project.  The south side sidewalks and adjoining areas should be completed up to the fire hall driveway prior to the start of the Old Home Days celebration.

Phase 2 has begun on the north side (Rock Street to Reist Street). The pavement has been cut to accommodate the new curb bump outs, the old curbs and sidewalks are being excavated and new sub-base stone is being placed.

There seems to be some concern regarding the closing of a lane and the cones being placed far in advance of the actual work being performed. For safety reasons (workers and traveling public), in a 35 MPH zone, we are required to place a taper of cones 245 feet to give traffic the opportunity to merge from the closing lane (right lane) into the left lane.  We also provide a buffer distance up to 250 feet in case an errant vehicle does not merge by the end of the taper.  This provides time for the driver to gain control of their vehicle before they encounter construction vehicles / equipment.  Also taken into account are the locations of the intersecting side streets.  We will avoid placing temporary no parking signs in this area unless work is planned there.  Please use extra caution when entering and exiting through the cones.

Northbound traffic on South Cayuga Road will be detoured onto Milton Street to Los Robles to use that signalized intersection while the contractor works around the radius of South Cayuga at Main Street.  A detour will be posted to guide travelers around the work area.  Residents that live between Milton Street and Main Street will be allowed to access their homes. No through traffic will be permitted while the work is being performed. Two-way travel for buses and emergency vehicles will be maintained through the work area by flag people.  Amherst police, fire and the Village will be notified when the detour is in effect and when it will be removed.

The contractor is fabricating plywood and 2 x 4 “bridges” to provide access to businesses where the fresh concrete is being placed. It will typically harden overnight and can be traversed then.  Please refrain from damaging the fresh concrete.

Signal work will continue at the intersections of Cayuga and Grove Streets.

In the area where the new curbs have been installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

At intersections other than Cayuga

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police and fire when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side streets to navigate the area.

General Notes

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operations, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

Motorists should be aware that daily eastbound and westbound right lane closures will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday.  Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

National Fuel will continue to work on their facilities on the north side of Main Street, from at Reist Street and progress towards Mill Street.  They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have on their services.

 

Scheduled work for the week 6/25 through 6/29

Phase 1 of the Main Street construction project continues Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Businesses and residents on Main Street between Union Road and Hirschfield Drive / Farber Lane please take note:

To minimize traffic congestion during the construction project, Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days; Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street, by 6:30 AM.  The Village requests that place your garbage at the curb for pick up the evening before.  

NOTE:   New concrete was placed in one half of the Main Street driveway entrance to Rite Aid, that half will be closed for seven days to allow the new concrete to properly harden.  Traffic will be permitted to use the other half, but the width is restricted…….   Please note that there is an entrance on Los Robles.

Monday

At 5:00 AM the contractor will use a pavement saw to make an open cut approximately 4 inches wide across Main Street on the east side of Los Robles.  They will install electrical conduits, in the cut, for the new pedestrian crossing signals.  This should take less than an hour to complete. Traffic will be controlled with flag people. 

At 9:00 AM, the saw cut will be filled with concrete.  Traffic will be controlled with flag people.  Please be patient and cautious in this area, the work can only proceed so fast. Expect delays for up to ten minutes while the operation is being performed.

At 9:00 AM North Side road work begins at Grove Street and will progress to Reist Street.  Parking will be restricted starting Sunday evening so the pavement can be cut in preparation for the replacement of the curb.  The right lane will be closed after 9:00 AM in this area.  Please proceed with caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the work area. 

NOTE: On Monday 6/25, after 9:00 AM, For Safety Reasons

Northbound traffic on South Cayuga Road will be detoured onto Milton Street to Los Robles to use that signalized intersection while the contractor works around the radius of South Cayuga at Main Street.  A detour will be posted to guide travelers around the work area.  Residents that live between Milton Street and Main Street will be allowed to access their homes. No through traffic will be permitted while the work is being performed. Two-way travel for buses and emergency vehicles will be maintained through the work area by flag people.  Amherst police and fire will be notified when the detour is in effect and when it will be removed.

 Monday – Friday

The placing of the new concrete sidewalk will continue on the south side of Main Street.  They began at Village Square today, Friday 6/21 and finished at the Rite Aid driveway. They will follow up with the new exposed aggregate concrete between the curb and sidewalk and behind the sidewalk.  The plan is to finish the concrete work up to Los Robles by the end of the week, weather permitting. The contractor is fabricating plywood and 2 x 4 “bridges” to provide access as necessary to businesses where the fresh concrete is being placed. It will typically harden overnight and can be traversed then.  Please refrain from damaging the fresh concrete as it will then need to be replaced causing unnecessary expense and delays in progress.

 Signal work will continue at the intersections of Los Robles and Cayuga.

 Los Robles to Cayuga

The plan is to perform sidewalk excavation, placing and grading of subbase stone and installation of sidewalk concrete, weather permitting.  Steel forms will be placed in preparation for the installation of the new sidewalks. 

Sidewalk detour signs will be in place to cross pedestrians, at signalized intersections, to the opposite side of the street. If you choose to enter these areas, please use caution as the forms can be a trip hazard.

In the area where the new curbs have been installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

At intersections other than at South Cayuga Road

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side sides to navigate the area.

General Notes

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, but please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operations, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

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Motorists should be aware that east bound and west bound right lane closures will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday.  Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

National Fuel will continue to work on their facilities on the north side of Main Street, from at Reist Street and progress towards Mill Street.  They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have to their service.

Scheduled work for the week 6/18 through 6/23

REVISED for Friday 6/22 

NOTE: On Friday 6/22, after 9:00 AM, For Safety Reasons

Northbound traffic on South Cayuga Road will be detoured onto Milton Street to Los Robles to use that signalized intersection while the contractor excavates around the radius of South Cayuga at Main Street.  A detour will be posted to guide travelers around the work area.  Residents that live between Milton Street and Main Street will be allowed to access their homes. No through traffic will be permitted while the work is being performed. Two-way travel for buses and emergency vehicles will be maintained  through the work area by flag people.  Amherst police and fire will be notified when the detour is in effect and when it will be removed.

Scheduled work for the week 6/18 through 6/23

Phase 1 of the Main Street construction project continues Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Businesses and residents on Main Street between Union Road and Hirschfield Drive / Farber Lane please take note:

To minimize traffic congestion during the construction project, Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days; Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street, by 6:30 AM.  The Village requests that place your garbage at the curb for pick up the evening before.

Monday – Friday

Work continues the south side of Main Street; saw cutting the pavement in front of the existing curbs, removal of the curbs, sidewalk and adjoining areas. New curbs are being installed, a new drainage receiver will be installed on the SW corner of California and existing inlets are being repaired. The majority of the excavation work will be between Los Robles and Cayuga.

NOTE: On Monday 6/18, after 9:00 AM, For Safety Reasons

Northbound traffic on South Cayuga Road will be detoured onto Milton Street to Los Robles to use that signalized intersection while the contractor excavates around the radius of South Cayuga at Main Street.  A detour will be posted to guide travelers around the work area.  Residents that live between Milton Street and Main Street will be allowed to access their homes. No through traffic will be permitted while the work is being performed. Two-way travel for buses and emergency vehicles will be maintained  through the work area by flag people.  Amherst police will be notified when the detour is in effect and when it will be removed.

Monday – Afternoon

In the area where the new curbs have been installed, the contractor will place concrete in the cut in front of the curb to lock it into the pavement area.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

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Wednesday

Steel forms will be placed in preparation for the installation of the new sidewalks. 

Sidewalk detour signs will be in place to cross pedestrians, at signalized intersections, to the opposite side of the street. If you choose to enter these areas, please use caution as the forms can be a trip hazard.

Thursday

Weather permitting, installation of the new sidewalks will begin at Village Square on Thursday and proceed east.  There will be some disruption to pedestrian traffic until the concrete hardens – usually overnight. Every attempt will be made to minimize the disruption to pedestrians. Please avoid walking on the fresh concrete as it will damage the surface and will need to be replaced, delaying full access to the sidewalk.

At intersections other than at South Cayuga Road

The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  In the interest of safety, when working at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where the work is being performed.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police when restricting access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side sides to navigate the area.

General Notes

In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  It is understood business patrons need access to the local businesses, but please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operations, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

Motorists should be aware that an east bound right lane closure will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday.  Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

National Fuel will continue to work on their facilities on the north side of Main Street, from at Reist Street and progress towards Mill Street.  They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have to their service.

Scheduled work for the week 6/11 through 6/15

Phase 1 of the Main Street construction project continues Monday through Friday 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

You will notice white marks in the pavement from Village Square to Mill Street and at various intersections.  These marks are the layout lines for the saw cutting of the pavement to accommodate the new curbs and not the location of the new curb.  At the radius of each intersection, the surveyor has placed “X’s” in pink paint that will be the actual location of the new curb bump outs.  I hope this will clarify that the curb will not follow the white paint marks and we will not alter the width on Main Street or the side streets.

 Work has started on the south side of Main Street saw cutting the pavement in front of the existing curbs in preparation of installing the new curbs and the removal of the sidewalk and area between the sidewalk and curbs (referred to as the “snow storage area”) from Village Square and proceeding east. The contractor will continue with those operations.   Temporary no parking signs will be placed the evening before.  Please obey the no parking areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

 The construction activities will involve equipment and dump trucks at the radius of each intersection.  This constriction of the available width of the road is a concern for two-way traffic.  So in the interest of safety, when we will be at these locations, we will not permit Main Street traffic to exit onto the side street where we are working.  Traffic on the side street, that will enter Main Street will not be affected. The work in these areas should take few hours.  We will maintain two-way access for school buses and emergency vehicles.  The chief inspector will contact Amherst police when we will restrict access and when it will be reopened.  Local residents will be able to use alternate side sides to navigate the area.

 In the areas where we will be working, sidewalk closed signs will be placed to detour pedestrian traffic to the opposite side of the street.  These pedestrian detours are set for your safety.  I understand business patrons need access to the local businesses, but please be patient and one of the contractor’s employees will assist you through the area when it is safe.  At the conclusion of the excavation operations, the contractor will place a compacted stone in the sidewalk areas to make it easily traversable.  Please remember this is a construction site and caution will need to be used in these areas.

 The plan next week is to begin setting the new granite curb on the south side on Wednesday.

 A second crew will continue repairs to the drainage inlets along the south side curb in from I-290 to Los Robles.

Motorists should be aware that an east bound right lane closure will be set in place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Delays are to be expected.

Electronic variable message boards are in place on Main, Union and the I-290 exit to inform travelers of the situations that they will encounter and will be adjusted as construction activities change.

There will be no lane closures during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Monday through Friday.  Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

Flag people will be on site assisting construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.  Please be aware and use caution.

There is a strong possibility that work will be performed on Saturdays.  There are no lane closure time restrictions on the weekend. 

National Fuel will continue to work on their facilities on the north side of Main Street, from at Reist Street and progress towards Mill Street.  They will inform the residents, daily, on what impacts they will have to their service.