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LOCKPORT – The long-awaited reconstruction of Lincoln Avenue in Lockport will start in July, if the Niagara County Legislature awards the contract Tuesday.

Two Legislature committees last week approved the $6.89 million contract for Accadia Site Contracting of Depew, the lowest of three bidders.

Counting design and engineering work, the project was estimated to cost $8.6 million, with federal funding accounting for $4.8 million of that.

The work area extends from Beattie Avenue almost to Akron Road, with the plans including the widening of the Lincoln-Beattie intersection to allow for left-turn lanes in all four directions. Also, a left-turn lane will be added for southbound traffic at the corner of Davison Road and Lincoln Avenue.

Richard W. Eakin, deputy county public works commissioner for engineering, said he doubts the entire project will be completed this year, but the contract requires that the street be completed well enough for safe snowplowing this winter.

The Legislature also will be asked Tuesday to increase Bergmann Associates’ consulting services contract for the Lincoln project by $1 million, to cover construction inspection and administration work. Eakin said the high tab is the result of a desire for a fast completion of the project. “If they don’t use it, they don’t bill us,” he said.

A contract for another major project, the reconstruction of Upper Mountain Road in Lockport from Sunset Drive to the railroad overpass near Route 31, is to go before the Legislature on Tuesday, but the bids had not been opened in time for last Monday’s Public Works Committee meeting. It was estimated to cost $1.2 million.

During that session, chairman John Syracuse, R-Newfane, reported that as of June 1, the county had done about 25 miles of road repair work this spring.

That included 2.3 miles of Bear Ridge Road and 1.6 miles of East Canal Road, both in Pendleton, and three-quarters of a mile of Niagara Road in Wheatfield. Those were regarded as some of the worst-hit county roads by potholes from last winter.

Michael F. Tracy, deputy commissioner for highways, said there had also been repaving on Plank and Stone roads in Lockport, and some spot paving was done on Lockport Road in Wheatfield.

A repaving job on Charlotteville and Hess roads in Newfane should start shortly and last about three weeks, Tracy said.

Private contractors have done more than 12 miles of crack filling and seven miles of surface work, also called micropaving, in the towns of Niagara, Wheatfield, Lewiston, Pendleton and Wilson. Patching of individual potholes will last all summer, Tracy said.

The Public Works Committee last week rejected all bids for the rehabilitation of the Wilson-Burt Road Bridge in Wilson. Eakin said the apparent low bidder, CATCO of Alden at $4.06 million, failed to sign or notarize its bid documents, and two other bids were much higher and over the $4.57 million estimated cost. The project will be rebid.

However, the committee approved a $564,000 increase in the consulting contract for the bridge, to Abate Associates of Cheektowaga, for construction inspection once a work contract is awarded.

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