LOCKPORT – The state Department of Transportation intends to complete sidewalk installation on both sides of Robinson and Dysinger roads by this fall, Supervisor Marc R. Smith told the Town Board on Monday.
In the wake of a meeting with DOT officials Thursday, Smith said the state plans to install a sidewalk on the north side of Robinson all the way from South Transit Road to the end of the string of apartment houses on Dysinger, a distance of about a mile and a half.
That unexpected project is to be bid in the same contract with the completion of the sidewalk on the south side of the road.
In 2011, following three serious pedestrian accidents on Robinson and Dysinger, the state spent about $250,000 to install a sidewalk on the south side of the highway from Raymond Road to the entrance to the Woodlands mobile home park. The upcoming south side work would take the sidewalk all the way to South Transit, which is state Route 78.
Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the south side route will include a 10-foot-wide bridge to take the sidewalk over Donner Creek next to the town water and sewer building. Klavoon said that the town has agreed to pay $50,000 to $60,000 for the bridge structure but that installation costs are part of the state’s contract.
On the north side of Robinson Road, the sidewalk will start at South Transit, but the footpath will be diverted onto the shoulder of the road at Donner Creek, because the waterway is wider there.
Robinson and Dysinger roads are an uninterrupted east-west road, part of Route 93; the name changes when it crosses Beattie Avenue.
Smith said the Niagara County Water District is planning to install a new water main on the south side of Robinson Road, but its path should run between the road and the sidewalk.
Herbert A. Downs, administrative director of the Water District, said it’s not certain that the new water main will be installed on that route at all, although the district does plan to improve its service to eastern Niagara County with a new main into northern Royalton.
The sidewalk news came as the town prepares to hold a public information meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, Dysinger and Old Beattie roads, on a plan for sidewalk construction near Lockport schools.
The “Safe Routes to School” project, to be paid for by a $570,000 state grant, involves four new sidewalks in the Town and City of Lockport:
• 1,743 feet on Locust Street Extension from O’Connor Drive to an existing asphalt trail leading to George Southard Elementary School.
• 2,130 feet on East High Street from Greenview Drive to Davison Road, near Roy B. Kelley Elementary School.
• 890 feet on Hi-Point Drive in the city, from Willow Street to an existing asphalt trail leading to Emmet Belknap Intermediate School.
• 475 feet on Corinthia Street in the city, from Trowbridge Street to Passaic Avenue, leading to North Park Junior High School.