Main Street construction updates

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)

 

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.

SCHEDULED WORK FOR 11/29 THROUGH 12/3

There will NOT be normal working hours this coming week, all operations will be sporadic but confined to 9am to 3pm.

Road Work

The delivery for the four street lighting poles from Reist to Grove Street has been delayed – again. Shipment has been re-scheduled Thursday 11/28/18. However, with today’s weather the shipment may get delayed. Installation is scheduled for Friday 11/30/18 or Monday 12/3/18.  This work entails the removal of the existing street lighting poles, alteration of the existing foundations, erecting the new street lighting poles, and completing a concrete closure pour.

The contractor has removed a portion of the existing street lighting pole foundation concrete. Once the existing street lighting poles are removed a testing agency will come in and preform non-destructive testing on the existing concrete pole foundations to ensure that the existing foundation anchor bolts are adequate to support the new concrete street lighting poles. This work is scheduled for Friday 11/30/18.

Once the street lights arrive the contractor will set up lane restrictions AS NEEDED for operations. Lane closures will be removed at the end of each day.

The aforementioned work requires the implementation of a crane to erect both the street lighting poles. The operation is extremely weather dependent, the restrictions of the crane are based on weather and wind.

Final Pavement Markings have been partially installed. The contractor has completed the installation of Crosswalks and stop bars. However, the pavement cannot be wet when applying the epoxy pavement markings; and certain temperatures must be obtained. Since this operation is weather and temperature dependent the schedule will be adjusted as necessary. The forecast for the weekend and next week is calling for precipitation however warmer temperatures. This is a fluid situation and will complete this work when possible.

The decorative benches, trash bins, and bike racks were delivered. However, the quality of the powder coating did not conform to what was expected. As such certain items were sent back to the powder coater for sandblasting and re-application. Once the items are received the contractor will install the items in question.

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF 11/19 THROUGH 11/23

There will NOT be normal working hours this coming week, all operations will be sporadic but confined to 9am to 3pm.

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

Modern Disposal will collect your garbage on your regular days at the original pre-construction time,  Wednesdays on the north side of Main Street and Thursdays on the south side of Main Street. The Village has worked with Modern Disposal to ensure there will be no disruption to service.

Road Work

The water retention remediation work for the existing water ponding issues associated with Los Robles and Oakgrove has been completed.

The HAWK signal poles & the cabinet that provides Power to the signal have been installed.  The Town of Amherst performed the electrical inspection and then National Grid has installed the meter and turn on the service. The contractor in conjunction with the NYSDOT Signal Crew will be on site Monday November 19, 2018  to complete the Pedestrian Actuated Beacon Start-up Procedure and turn on the HAWK signal.  The Portable Variable Message Boards will display a message of “NEW PED CROSSING BE PREPARED TO STOP.”

Please be advised that the Portable Variable Message Boards will stay in their current location at the far extent of the project. After working with The Village and detailing the time and effort that was put into finding a new location for the proposed VMS board, we all agreed the message boards can be left in place to minimize impact to parking and ensure adequate site distance for motorists.

The delivery for the four street lighting poles from Reist to Grove Street has been delayed. Shipment has been tentatively scheduled for Monday 11/19/18. Installation is scheduled for next week.  This work entails the removal of the existing street lighting poles, alteration of the existing foundations, erecting the new street lighting poles, and completing a concrete closure pour.

The contractor will set up lane restrictions AS NEEDED for operations. Lane Closures will be removed at the end of each day.

The aforementioned work requires the implementation of a crane to erect both the street lighting poles. The operation is extremely weather dependent, the restrictions of the crane are based on weather and wind.

All of the street signs have been installed.

The contractor is complete with the “punch list” of items that needed to be addressed, corrected, and/or repaired in order for the project to be accepted less one item. Located at the intersection of Park Club Lane and Main Street the North West ADA Ramp needs to be corrected. This work will begin on Monday November 19, 2018.

Final Pavement Markings have been partially installed. The contractor has begun the installation of Crosswalks and stop bars. However, the pavement cannot be wet when applying the epoxy pavement and certain temperatures must be obtained. The sub-contractor installing the pavement markings is scheduled to complete the work by the end of November. This operation is weather and temperature dependent and the schedule may be adjusted as necessary. The forecast for the weekend and next week is calling for snow. As such, this schedule may be revised.

The schedule for the decorative benches, trash bins, and bike racks has been pushed back. The items in question will arrive until November 21st and are scheduled to be installed on Friday November 23, 2018.

 

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF 10/29 through 11/2

The contractor has continued to remove all work zone traffic control devises including but not limited to barrels, cones, signs, barricades, etc. Going forward the daily restrictions will be smaller, less frequent, and shorter durations. Main street is open full width and the parking lanes are fully open.

Daily operations will be more sporadic. However, where temporary “No Parking” signs are in place, please obey these areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

The electricians are nearing completion and the NYSDOT Traffic Signals Department has been on site completing the final inspection and putting the signals into service.

Please be advised that the delivery date for the “HAWK” signal pole has been pushed back. The signal pole is “scheduled” to be shipped from the manufacture on Tuesday October 30, 2018.  The cabinet that provides power to the signal will be delivered on or about October 30th. The Town of Amherst will perform the electrical inspection and then National Grid has a maximum of 5 days to install the meter and turn on the service. The contractor, NYSDOT Signal Crew, and National Grid have all be notified of the situation and will work as expeditiously as possible to erect and activate the HAWK Signal.

After installation of the HAWK signal the contractor will install the four street lighting poles from Reist to Grove Street.

The Drainage Structure & Man Hole Parging is COMPLETE. The cleaning of the closed Drainage Structure system is COMPLETE.

Approximately half of the road signs has been completed, this work will continue into next week.

The placement of mulch in the tree pits was completed. Steel edging for the tree pits will be completed next week. Restoration of grass areas has begun and will be worked on all next week. Any grass not germinated by the end of the project will be put in an “uncompleted work agreement” in which the NYSDOT will ensure that all seed is germinated prior to acceptance of the project.

At the end of project operations today all contractual reclaimed brick will be installed.  Next week the contractor will be re-setting the existing brick pavers that need to be adjusted to meet the new sidewalk elevation. The workers will need to gain access to the snow storage adjacent to the sidewalk. Please use caution while walking around these operations.

The contractor has been provided a “punch list” of items that need to be addressed, corrected, and/or repaired in order for the project to be accepted. The items that need to be addressed are located from the I-290 to Farber. There will be small crews throughout the project with a minimal foot print to complete this work next week. There are sections of the exposed aggregate and other concrete that was damaged due to project operations. Please do not be alarmed if small sections are removed and replaced. This is to ensure the longevity of the materials used for the project.  The “punch list” work will be as minimally invasive as possible and the contractor will complete this work, whenever possible, from off the road/parking lanes to have minimal disruptions during this time.

Final Pavement Markings are anticipated to be installed by the end of the Month. This operation is weather and temperature dependent and the schedule may be adjusted as necessary. The forecast for the weekend and next week is calling for precipitation. As such, this schedule may be revised.

The decorative benches, trash bins, and bike racks will be installed the first week in November.

At this point the only work that remains is the “punch list,” re-setting pavers, signs, HAWK Signal, Light Poles, and decorative benches, etc.  Over this week a vast majority of the construction materials & equipment has been removed. The contractor wants to be complete with all “punch list” items and as much contract items by the end of next week. The first week in November will yield very limited crews based on availability of materials that are awaiting delivery.

SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK 10/22 TO 10/26

Motorists should be aware that all of the long term lane closures have been removed. There are daily lane restriction to complete the remaining work. The “No Parking” signs have been REMOVE. Main street is open full width at the end of daily operations. The cones are placed along the edge of the granite curb and the lanes and parking lanes are fully open.

Daily operations are still on going. As such, where temporary “No Parking” signs are in place, please obey these areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed.

The signal loop detectors have been installed on Main Street and the adjoining side streets. The electricians are nearing completion and the NYSDOT Traffic Signals Department has been on site completing the final inspection and putting the signals into service.

The most recent update for the “HAWK” signal pole delivery is October 25th.

The cabinet that provides power to the signal will be delivered on or about October 30th. The Town of Amherst will perform the electrical inspection and then National Grid has a maximum of 5 days to install the meter and turn on the service. During the installation of the HAWK signal the contractor will install the four street lighting poles from Reist to Grove Street.

The drainage structure and manhole parging will be completed by the early next week. The cleaning of the closed drainage structure system will be completed on Monday.

The new road signs will be placed, and the existing roadway signage will be reset on new posts. This work has been on going and will take all of next week to finish.

The placement of mulch in the tree pits will be completed by today.

The prime contractor will continue to work on the installation of the reclaimed brick along with re-setting some of the brick pavers that were in place prior to construction.  The reclaimed brick installation will be completed by the end of next week. Once the reclaimed brick installation is complete the contractor will work on re-setting of the existing brick pavers that need to be adjusted to meet the new sidewalk elevation. The workers will need to gain access to the snow storage adjacent to the sidewalk. Please use caution while walking around these operations.

All of the concrete is COMPLETED. The sidewalks and snow storage, including curb ramps, are fully open from the I-290 to Farber.

The Hot Mix Asphalt located in all driveways is complete.

Final Pavement Markings are anticipated to be installed by the end of the Month. This operation is weather and temperature dependent and the schedule may be adjusted as necessary.

The decorative benches, trash bins, and bike racks will be installed the first week in November.

The contractor began restoration of top soil and seed today. Restoration of grass areas will be worked on all next week and will be completed by the end of next week. Any grass not germinated by the end of the project will be put in an “uncompleted work agreement” in which the NYSDOT will ensure that all seed is germinated prior to acceptance of the project.

We are forecasting a project substantial completion date within the next week, where 90% of all work will be complete and the construction “foot print” will be removed.

Safety Notes

The abundance of dump trucks, asphalt pavers and steel drum rollers, utility trucks and contractor employees at multiple locations throughout the project is rapidly decreasing. However, the aforementioned equipment is still necessary to complete the remaining work.   This equipment can sometimes be confusing to motorists attempting to navigate the work zone. If you must travel through the work zone, please proceed slowly and pay extra close attention to your surroundings.  There will be flag people on site to assist with traffic control.

As you approach the lane closures, plan far enough in advance to merge from the closing lane to the open 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.

SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK 10/15 TO 10/19

Paving for Main Street mainline along with all of the intersections has been completed. The Placement of Hot Mix Asphalt in the driveways is nearing completion and will be completed early next week.

Road Work

Motorists should be aware that all of the long term lane closures have been removed. There are daily lane restriction to complete the remaining work. The “No Parking” signs have been REMOVE. Main street is open full width at the end of daily operations. The cones are placed along the edge of the granite curb and the lanes and parking lanes are fully open.

Daily operations are still on going. As such, where temporary “No Parking” signs are in place, please obey these areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed. The parking restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.  Please be patient.

The signal loop detectors have been installed on Main Street and the adjoining side streets. The electricians will continue with the installation of the wires to get the new loop detectors and pedestrian crossing features operational.

The anticipated “first week of October” delivery for the HAWK Signal poles come and gone. As previously outlined the manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  The most recent update for the signal pole delivery is October 25th.

Next week and the following week there will be daily lane closures for the cleaning of the close drainage structures. The existing drainage system needs to be cleaned to ensure that the road will not hold water. Additionally, the Manholes that were adjusted prior to the paving operations need to have mortar placed inside of the manhole cover. This work will be done during the day and the lane restrictions will be removed at the end of the day.

The new road signs will be placed, and the existing roadway signage will be reset on new posts. This work will begin on Monday and the sub-contractor placing the signs will be here full time from 7:00am to 4:30 pm until the work is done. The prime contractor will continue to work on the installation of the reclaimed brick along with re-setting some of the brick pavers that were in place prior to construction.  The workers will need to gain access to the snow storage adjacent to the sidewalk. Please use caution while walking around these operations.

The concrete sub-contractor will be pouring the remaining sidewalks, snow storage, and ADA ramps. A vast majority of the remaining work is outside of the Village Limits towards the I-290.

The decorative benches, trash bins, and bike racks will be installed the first week in November.

We are forecasting a project substantial completion date within the next 2 weeks, where 90% of all work will be complete and the construction “foot print” will be removed.

SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK 10/8 TO 10/12

Paving for Main Street mainline along with all of the signalized intersections has been completed.

Main Street Eastbound – Upon completion of project operations on Friday 10/5 side street from California Drive to Highland on the South Side of Main Street will be paved. The I-290 Exit Ramp onto Main Street Eastbound has also been paved.  This will open the lanes full width on Main Street East Bound from California to the Eastern project limits at Highland Street.

Main Street Westbound – Upon completion of project operations Friday 10/5 side street from Farber to Mill Street will be paved. Additionally, side streets from North Long to the I-290 have been paved. This will open the lanes full width from the Eastern project limits at Farber Lane to Mill Street, also from N. Long to the I-290. Please be advised that the single lane restrictions will stay in place from Mill Street to North Long Street.

The parking restrictions have been lifted on Main Street.  After the completion of each day of paving, the road striping subcontractor will be on site to place interim paint stripes on the new surface. There will be a lot of activity on the street to lay out the new stripes in the proper locations.  Please be patient. It is imperative that the striping pattern be placed accurately.

Unforeseen Issue

On Wednesday, 9/26, as we were paving the main line eastbound, a watermain ruptured between Oakgrove and S. Ellicott, causing the pavement to heave.  The water ran across to the westbound side of the road.  Water serves as a bond breaker between the new asphalt and the existing surface.  The contractor stopped the westbound paving operation and restarted where the pavement was dry.  That is why there is a portion of the westbound side that had been skipped.  The section of pavement on the eastbound side that was damaged was removed and repaved.  Additionally the force of the water caused damage to the underlying pavement. A portion of the existing pavement section had to be repaired full depth. This work is complete.

Sidewalks

The main sidewalk is complete as well as the snow storage areas and behind the sidewalk.  The concrete subcontractor is nearing completion and will be pouring concrete this week at the remaining locations to complete the various, curb ramps, exposed aggregate and color concrete that remain.  Other areas will receive the reclaimed bricks.  The crews placing the reclaimed bricks have been working this past week and will continue to place the brick into next week.

Over the next few weeks benches, bike racks, and trash receptacles will be installed. The workers will need to gain access to the snow storage adjacent to the sidewalk. Please use caution while walking around these operations.

Road Work

 Motorists should be aware that a vast majority of the long term lane closures will have been removed, in both directions. The “No Parking” signs have been REMOVED on Main Street. Once main street is open full width there will be isolated areas that will have restrictions, but only to complete the remaining work behind the curb.  Where temporary “No Parking” signs are in place, please obey these areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed. The parking restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.  Please be patient.

The signal loop detectors have been installed on Main Street and the adjoining side streets. The electricians will continue with the installation of the wires to get the new loop detectors and pedestrian crossing features operational.

The anticipated “first week of October” delivery for the HAWK Signal poles has been delayed. The manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  The subcontractor that installed the power feed for the signal completed their work on Monday 10/1.

Next week and the following week there will be sporadic lane closures for the cleaning of the close drainage structures. The existing drainage system needs to be cleaned to ensure that the road will not hold water. Most of this work will be done from the parking lane, where possible, so not to impact traffic.

The new road signs will be placed, and the existing roadway signage will be reset on new posts. Most of this work will be done from the parking lane, where possible, so not to impact traffic. The workers will need to gain access to the snow storage adjacent to the sidewalk. Please use caution while walking around these operations.

SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK 10/1 to 10/5

Main Street mainline paving is complete, less a section between Oakgrove Drive and Ellicott St.  Paving of the signalized intersections was scheduled to be completed by the morning of Saturday 9/29/18.  Unfortunately, rain has caused the contractor to suspend the operation tonight.  They will resume this work on Monday morning.  After the completion of the signalized intersections, the plan is to pave the minor side streets at the west end, westbound and work  east.  As a side street is completed, they will remove the lane closure in that area.

This will then open the lanes full width.  The process will be repeated on the eastbound side and work west. The cones will remain in place until the side streets are completed.  We need to keep the right lanes closed for safety. The parking restrictions have been lifted in the areas now that the main line paving has been completed.  After the completion of each day of paving, the road striping subcontractor will be on site to place interim paint stripes on the new surface. There will be a lot of activity on the street to lay out the new stripes in the proper locations.  Please be patient. It is imperative that the striping pattern be placed accurately.

Unforeseen Issue

On Wednesday, 9/26, as we were paving the main line eastbound, a watermain ruptured between Oakgrove and S. Ellicott, causing the pavement to heave.  The water ran across to the westbound side of the road.  Water serves as a bond breaker between the new asphalt and the existing surface.  The contractor stopped the westbound paving operation and restarted where the pavement was dry.  That is why there is a portion of the westbound side that has been skipped.  Erie County Water Authority worked through the night and next morning to restore water service by 11:30 AM.  The section of pavement on the eastbound side that was damaged will need to be removed and repaved.  This work is scheduled to be done on Wednesday 10/3, weather permitting.  There will be flag people at each intersection. Delays are expected to be severe.  It is strongly advised that motorists choose alternate routes.

Sidewalks

The main sidewalk is complete as well as the snow storage areas and behind the sidewalk.  The concrete subcontractor is nearing completion and will be pouring concrete this week at the remaining locations to complete the various, curb ramps, exposed aggregate and color concrete that remain.  Other areas will receive the reclaimed bricks.  The workers that are performing this operation are needed for the remaining asphalt paving and will return to placing the bricks as soon as possible.

Road Work

Motorists should be aware that long term lane closures will remain, in both directions, until the intersection paving is complete. The “No Parking” signs have been REMOVED on Main Street except for between Oakgrove Drive and S. Ellicott St. There will be isolated areas that will have restrictions, but only to complete the remaining work behind the curb.  Where temporary “No Parking” signs are in place, please obey these areas so not to delay the contractor’s operations and to avoid being issued a ticket and being towed. The parking restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.  Please be patient.The signal loop detectors have been installed on Main Street and the adjoining side streets. The electricians will continue with the installation of the wires to get the new loop detectors and pedestrian crossing features operational.

The anticipated “first week of October” delivery for the HAWK Signal poles has been delayed. The manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  The subcontractor that will be installing the power feed for the signal is scheduled to be on site Monday 10/1.  Please use caution while traveling through the Town’s parking lot at the rear or the library.  Some parking spots may be restricted to allow for the equipment.

SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK 9/24 – 9/28

SPECIAL NOTE: Repaving of Main Street from Interstate 290 to Evans Street will begin 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and continue overnight.

Daytime Work

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

The main sidewalk is complete as well as the snow storage areas and behind the sidewalk.  The areas that remain will receive the reclaimed bricks.  The workers that are performing this operation were needed on the night shift and will return to placing the bricks as soon as possible.

 

Phase 4 (South Side) Ellicott Creek to Garrison

The concrete subcontractor has completed the main sidewalk from the bridge to Oakgrove. They will continue to grade the stone, place the forms and complete the remaining work up to Oakgrove.

Work will resume on the new ADA compliant curb ramps at the intersection of Garrison Rd / Evans Street.

Road Work

Motorists should be aware that long term lane closures will remain for the week, in both directions, until the mainline paving is complete. The “No Parking” signs will remain in place as the manholes, water main valves and utility vaults have been adjusted to grade and pose a tripping hazard.  The paving work is anticipated to be completed Friday, weather permitting.

The anticipated “first week of October” delivery for the HAWK Signal poles has not changed. The manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  We are waiting on a confirmation date from the subcontractor that will be installing the power feed for the signal.

Night Work

The production milling of Main Street is complete as are the side streets.  General cleanup of the area in preparation for the paving operation will continue.

The “test strip” paving was done on Thursday night between Farber Lane and the west side of Evans Street.  The striping is in place.

Production paving will begin on Monday at 6:00 PM.  The plan is to pave Main Street up to approximately Reist Street and Tuesday – Reist to the east side of I-290.

Three pavers will be used to progress the work. Traffic will be maintained in one lane in each direction.  Traffic cones will be used to channel traffic through the work zone. There will be flag people at each intersection and delays are expected to be severe.  It is strongly advised that motorists choose alternate routes.

After completing the paving on Main Street, the contractor will begin the paving of the intersecting side streets.

After the completion of each day of paving, the road striping subcontractor will be on site to place interim paint stripes on the new road surface. There will be a lot of activity on the street to lay out the new stripes in the proper locations.  Please be patient. It is imperative that the striping pattern be placed accurately.

After the completion of the mainline paving, the parking restrictions will be removed. There will be isolated areas that will have restrictions, but only to complete the remaining work behind the curb.

The paving work is weather dependent.

Inclement weather will cause a delay.

The signal loop detectors have been installed on Main Street and the adjoining side streets. The electricians will continue with the installation of the wires to get the new loop detectors and pedestrian crossing features operational.

Safety Notes

As you approach the work zone, you will encounter signs that say, “Grooved Pavement”.  These signs are there to inform motorists, especially motorcycles, that the milled pavement will possibly affect the way your vehicle handles on that surface. Be vigilant when proceeding through the work zone.  Also, be aware of the raised manhole frames and water valve boxes that protrude 1 ½ “above the milled surface.

There will be an abundance of dump trucks, asphalt pavers and steel drum rollers, utility trucks and contractor employees at multiple locations throughout the project.  Working at night compounds the hazards of daytime work.  There are portable light towers staged along the project, flashing lights on all the trucks and equipment and employees wearing reflective vests and hard hats.  This can sometimes be confusing to motorists attempting to navigate the work zone. If you must travel through the work zone, please proceed slowly and pay extra close attention to your surroundings.  There will be flag people on site to assist with traffic control and the NYS police will be staged in the work zone to provide an additional level of enforcement.

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

As you approach the lane closures, plan far enough in advance to merge from the closing lane to the open 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.

 

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 9/17 to 9/21

Motorists should be aware that long term lane closures will remain for the week, in both directions, as the manholes, water main valves and utility vaults are adjusted to grade and secured in concrete.  This work is anticipated to be completed Wednesday.

The anticipated “first week of October” delivery for the HAWK Signal poles has not changed. The manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  We are waiting on a confirmation date from the subcontractor that will be installing the power feed for the signal.

Night Work

The production milling of Main Street is complete as are the side streets.  General cleanup of the area in preparation for the paving operation will continue through Wednesday.

The “test strip” paving will be done on Thursday night starting at 6:00 PM.  This will take place west bound from Farber Lane to approximately the west side of Evans Street. 

After getting the results of the test strip density, production paving will begin on Friday at 6:00 PM.  The plan is to pave Main Street up to the east side of Union Rd.  Union Rd to the east side of I-290 will be done on Monday 9/24.   It will be a long night of paving on Friday and will continue into the daylight hours of Saturday.

Three pavers will be used to progress the work. Traffic will be maintained in one lane in each direction.  Traffic cones will be used to channel traffic through the work zone. There will be flag people at each intersection and delays are expected to be severe.  It is strongly advised that motorists choose alternate routes.

After completing the paving on Main Street, the contractor will begin the paving of the intersecting side streets for the balance of the week of September 24th

After the completion of each day of paving, the road striping subcontractor will be on site to place interim paint stripes on the new road surface. There will be a lot of activity on the street to lay out the new stripes in the proper locations.  Please be patient. It is imperative that the striping pattern be placed accurately.

The paving work is weather dependent. Inclement weather will cause a delay.

Most of the signal loop detectors have been installed on Main Street. The electricians will continue with the installation of the signal detection loops on the side streets. This work is expected to be completed by Friday 9/21.  There will be lane restrictions at each signalized intersection while the loop installation process is performed.

Three pavers will be used to progress the work. Traffic will be maintained one lane in each direction.  There will be flag people at each intersection and delays are expected to be severe.  It is strongly advised that motorists choose alternate routes.

 Safety Notes

As you approach the work zone, you will encounter signs that say, “Grooved Pavement”.  These signs are there to inform motorists, especially motorcycles, that the milled pavement will possibly affect the way your vehicle handles on that surface. Be vigilant when proceeding through the work zone.  Also, be aware of the  raised manhole frames and water valve boxes.  They protrude above the milled surface 1 ½ “.

There will be an abundance of dump trucks, asphalt pavers and steel drum rollers, utility trucks and contractor employees at multiple locations throughout the project.  Working at night compounds the hazards of daytime work.  There are portable light towers staged along the project, flashing lights on all the trucks and equipment and employees wearing reflective vests and hard hats.  This can sometimes be confusing to motorists attempting to navigate the work zone. If you must travel through the work zone, please proceed slowly and pay extra close attention to your surroundings.  There will be flag people on site to assist with traffic control and the NYS police will be staged in the work zone to provide an additional level of enforcement.

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

As you approach the lane closures, plan far enough in advance to merge from the closing lane to the open 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.

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 9/10 to 9/14

Daytime Work

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

The main sidewalk is complete as well as the snow storage areas and behind the sidewalk.  The areas that remain will receive the reclaimed bricks.  The workers that are performing this operation were needed on the night shift and will return to placing the bricks as soon as possible.

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

Complete the installation of the sidewalks and driveway approach to The Irishman Restaurant.

Phase 4 (South Side) Ellicott Creek to Garrison

The small drainage units arrived last Friday and were installed alongside the sidewalk area near the Creek View Restaurant. The concrete subcontractor will continue to grade the stone, place the forms and pour the main sidewalk up to Oakgrove including the driveway approaches to the Ed Young Plaza. Access will be restricted to two driveways. 

The main driveway entrance to Ed Youngs Plaza was poured today.  A high early strength concrete was used. The driveway will be opened on Monday to traffic.  Please use the other two driveways in the interim.

Work continues on the new ADA compliant curb ramps at the intersection of Garrison Rd / Evans Street.  The new curbs have been installed. The sidewalk ramps at this intersection are scheduled to be installed Monday or Tuesday. Weather for Monday calls for rain, that is not conducive to concrete placement.

Road Work

Motorists should be aware that beginning Monday, Verizon will set up an eastbound right lane closure after 9:00 AM, from I-290, to begin setting their manhole frames and covers to grade.  Due to the nature of the work, the right lane will remain closed, around the clock, until the work is complete.  The prime contractor will also be working in this closure performing similar activities at night. The manhole frames will be set in concrete which will require time to cure (harden). To place traffic on them will cause damage and require them to be reset.

Also on Monday, a right lane closure will be implemented on westbound Main Street from the high school and will proceed towards I-290 to set manhole frames and covers to grade similar to the operation noted above.  National Grid will also be rebuilding a chamber in the right lane across from the library.  This closure will also remain around the clock until the work is complete.

The concrete sidewalks have been installed on most of the pedestrian crossing improvements on both sides at Lafayette and South Forest and Union.  The plan is to complete the remaining ramps.

We received an anticipated “first week of October” delivery for the HAWK Signal poles. The manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  We are waiting on a confirmation date from the subcontractor that will be installing the power feed for the signal.

Night Work

The production milling of Main Street has gone well.  There have been some unfortunate incidences where the milling machines have encountered unknown manholes and watermain valve boxes that were buried under the asphalt.  These unknown obstacles have caused damage to the equipment.  The contractor has a great crew that worked well under the nighttime field conditions to repair the machinery and get the production back up and running.

The milling of the main line should be completed by the end of the shift on Saturday morning.  On Monday, the contractor will begin milling the intersecting side roads. 

The electricians will continue with the installation of the signal detection loops. 

Fun Fact

“Loops” are wires that get imbedded into the road surface prior to paving the top course of asphalt and are run through a series of conduits to the signal controller cabinet.  As a vehicle moves over the top of the loop, it is detected by disturbing the magnetic field of that loop.  This sets the computer in the controller cabinet in motion to change the signal.

Safety Notes

There will be an abundance of dump trucks, front end loaders, power brooms, utility trucks and contractor employees at multiple locations throughout the project.  Working at night compounds the hazards of daytime work.  There are portable light towers staged along the project, flashing lights on all the trucks and equipment and employees wearing reflective vests and hard hats.  This can sometimes be confusing to motorists attempting to navigate the work zone. If you must travel through the work zone, please proceed slowly and pay extra close attention to your surroundings.  There will be flag people on site to assist with traffic control and the NYS police will be staged in the work zone to provide an additional level of enforcement.

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

As you approach the lane closures, plan far enough in advance to merge from the closing lane to the open 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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Work

Following the milling, loop installation and setting of manholes, the contractor will begin to place the new asphalt pavement on Main Street.  An operation referred to as a test strip has been postponed until the week of 9/17. The test strip will start at Farber and proceed west approximately 1500 feet.  The right and left lanes will be paved as well as the westbound ½ of the turning lane. 

Production paving will start after the completion of the test strip. It is expected to take three nights to pave the mainline.  Parking will be restricted in these areas.  Signs will be posted with the time restrictions on them.  After completion of mainline, intersecting streets will be done

SCHEDULED WORK FOR THE WEEK 8/27 THROUGH 8/31

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

The main sidewalk, other than the driveway to the Center for Plastic Surgery is complete. This driveway will be done Friday 8/31, after the completion of the curing on their 2nd driveway to the west of the building.  The east driveway will be reopened on Tuesday 9/4.  Please use the west driveway to access the parking lot.

A substantial amount of the color accent sidewalk has been placed at the intersections along with the reclaimed brick pavers.  This work will continue this week.

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

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 done and installation of new curbs and road drainage is complete except for the radius of Garrison.

We are waiting on the delivery of the, out of stock, small drainage units that will be installed in the sidewalk area near the Creek View Restaurant before the area can be fine graded for the new sidewalks.

Access to the Ed Young Plaza is being restricted to two driveways during this phase.  The signalized driveway at Mill Street is closed until Tuesday while the new curbs are being installed and until the concrete, that locks the curb in to the road is placed and cured.  Please use the center driveway and the eastern driveway nearest Read’s Laundry.

Work has begun on the new ADA compliant curb ramps at the intersection of Garrison Road/ Evans Street.  The new curbs are scheduled to be installed this week. Traffic will be maintained, but the number of lanes will be reduced to one in each direction during the workday.  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.

Other Work

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.

There will be one exception this week.  The right lane, eastbound, just before Union Road, will be closed to just east of Union Rd, from Monday 9:00 AM through Wednesday 3:00 PM for the removal of an abandoned water main chamber at the south-east corner of Main and Union.  Due to the complexity of the work, the lane must remain closed until Wednesday afternoon to properly complete the work.

 Work has begun on the pedestrian crossing improvements on the south side at Lafayette and South Forest and Union and will continue through the week. 

There has been a delay with moving forward with the completion of the HAWK Signal. The manufacturer of the signal poles has stated that they are behind schedule.  We are also working on a solution to the power supply issue and expect that to be resolved in the next week or so.

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.

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. (With the exception that is noted above) Outside of the restricted times, you may encounter a single lane closure. 

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.   No parking will be allowed on either side of the street between Union and Evans from 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM on the night that phase 2 will be done.

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.

National Grid will be replacing a chamber that is located in the right westbound lane across from the library.  They will work in conjunction with the contractor that is setting the manholes to grade.  This work is scheduled to take three days.

Following the milling, loop installation and setting of manholes, the contractor will begin to place the new asphalt pavement on Main Street.  An operation referred to as a test strip is schedule for Friday night, 9/14.  The test strip will start at Farber and proceed west approximately 1500 feet.  The right and left lanes will be paved as well as the westbound ½ of the turning lane. 

Production paving is scheduled to start on Monday 9/17 and is expected to take three nights to pave the mainline.  Parking will be restricted in these areas.  Signs will be posted with the time restrictions on them.  After completion of mainline, 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.  The NYS police will be on site to assist the flag persons with traffic control.It is strongly recommended that travelers utilize alternate routes during this time.

Depending on the production of the sidewalk replacement, there will be daily lane closures from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM while the concrete subcontractor continues with the work.

 

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.

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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.