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OLEAN – The City of Olean will maintain grassy medians and roundabouts that will be developed during the upcoming project to redo North Union Street.

The agreement approved Tuesday was reached to meet guidelines for the $8.8 million project to transform what was once the widest main street in the United States into a scenic right of way, complete with medians and roundabouts. The mile-long stretch extends from the intersection of State and Union streets to the Boardman-ville Park area.

“As part of the project, the state required that a resolution be adopted, stating that we would maintain the intersections,” Mayor William J. Aiello said.

On another issue, city officials will ask state transportation officials to help make the intersection of Buffalo and 12th streets safer. Currently, the intersection features a crosswalk but nothing else to help pedestrians safely cross the main thoroughfare. Because the road is maintained by the state, the resolution calls for the state to “evaluate the intersection” for a possible pedestrian traffic signal. City officials also are asking that state Department of Transportation to pay for the signals, if justified by the study.

Works Director Tom Windus also was given authority to award contracts for the rebuilding of York and Prospect streets.

“One bid was $2,982,673 (New Frontier of Eden), and the low bid was $2,472,279.29 (Zoladz of Alden),” Windus said. “We have been approved to award to low bidder.” Work is expected to get underway in late July.

The project has been in the works for three to four years.

Work on York – from Virginia to Ohio streets, which is part of the city’s Seneca Heights neighborhood – will feature sewer relining and under-street infrastructure before repaving, new curbs and sidewalks are installed. York is expected to be the least costly of the road projects, anticipated to be about $1 million.

Work on Prospect, expected to cost $2 million, also will feature a complete rebuild, Windus said.

The project is expected to be completed this fall.