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TOWN OF NIAGARA – The plan to repave Richmond Avenue, one of the busiest roads in the town, has been moved up on the schedule and should be approved by the Town Board this month.

Highway Superintendent Robert Herman told the board Thursday at a work session that “the winter wasn’t kind” to the road and it needs to be repaired about a year ahead of schedule. He said more than 50 percent of the road needs to be fixed.

Richmond comes into Military Road opposite of the Super Walmart property, and drivers leaving the busy area use it to avoid the congestion at the intersection of Military and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

“The traffic flow in the area is enormous,” Herman explained.

He said the repair plans calls for the road to be milled down and covered with binder and top coat at a cost of $60,000-70,000. The product would last about seven years, he noted.

When the project was first proposed last month, Supervisor Steven Richards asked for it to be sent to the town traffic safety committee for feedback. Herman said he would make sure the board has the response by its work session next week.

Part of the plan is to also change nearby Homestead Avenue to a two-way road after widening it and completing necessary paving and drainage repairs. Homestead now only allows traffic to move away from Military.

In his proposal, Herman said Homestead residents would then be able to access their homes from either end of the road and the traffic flow from the area would move much smoother.