Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:08
Village officials don’t anticipate Fredonia Ave. work to be completed until end of September
There was a time when Village of Fredonia officials were confident that the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue would be complete before there is an autumn chill in the air.
That forecast has fallen by the wayside, largely because of the decision to call for the reworking of several driveway approaches that were installed at steep angles.
The village is at the mercy of its road contractor, Michels Construction, which is being asked to redo sections of the concrete work.
Village officials were encouraged to learn that approval of a revised memorandum of understanding with the county should not delay the project, after county officials said the document could be approved administratively provided it resulted in no additional cost for the county.
The MOU details how the village wants sections of Fredonia Avenue to be raised by as much as 12 inches to minimize the steep driveway slopes.
Public Works Director Roger Strohm said his best guess is that the reconstructed road and sidewalks will be finished by the end of September.
Landscaping and finish work could extend beyond that timetable, he said.
In hopes of moving the construction work along as smoothly as possible, Strohm led the Public Works Committee on a walking tour of the entire length of the construction site last week.
The construction zone stretches from Edmaro Street on the west to Highland Street on the east.
During the outing, trustees were shown where new or replacement retaining walls are likely to be needed when the contour of the new roadway is in place.
In some cases, Strohm said the elevation in some yards could be cutback and soil blended, eliminating the need for a block wall.
During the tour, he identified 10 properties that will likely need new retaining walls, six properties where walls have been removed and will be replaced and where existing walls were left intact.
Strohm also showed officials where two large trees on a lot immediately west of Village Hall have grown into the right of way. A curved wall is planned to eliminate having to remove the trees.