Reconstruction plans for Church Street discussed, start date uncertain

City Engineer Rich Miller presented detailed plans for the reconstruction of a major section of Church Street during a common council committee meeting held this evening at Amsterdam City Hall. The project scope will include the section of the street spanning from the intersection at Cornell Street to the intersection at Clizbe Avenue and will include the complete removal and replacement of the road, manholes, and drains, the addition of handicap accessible ramps, as well as work on the curbs and sidewalks along the “five corners” area. Sewer lines along the street will be cleaned, but Miller said they did not need to be replaced.

Miller said he was not sure whether the project could be started this year, and did not think it could be completed before the end of the year.

“We’re going to attempt to get some of it going this year. It may or may not work, but we’ll give it a try. If not, it’ll start first thing in the spring,” said Miller.

The project is estimated to cost $1.9 million which will be paid for with funds from New York State which were recently secured by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Senator George Amedore.

The construction plans have cost the city $68,000 with funds being transferred from revenue lines in the budget that have realized higher revenue than anticipated.  Controller Matt Agresta said that he hopes the city may be able to be reimbursed by the state funds for the cost of the plans.

The common council later approved a resolution at the regular meeting authorizing the project to be put out to bid.

Tim Becker

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