Tonawanda News — The Tremont Street project will cost $60,000, though more than half of that will be covered by a state grant acquired by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.
Rowles said he sent some of his crew members to a Kenmore project last year to gain practical experience that could be brought back to North Tonawanda. Now in place, the experiment has the potential to open up more dollars for similar projects.
The city on Tuesday approved a budget that earmarks $300,000 in bonded funds for water main replacement, $670,000 for a Sherwood Avenue pump station and another $300,000 for storm sewer separation projects — all of which may help ease flooding problems that gripped the city during the summer. Another $850,000 have been targeted to paving roads and fixing sidewalks.
“We’ll do a little at a time and we’ll pick and choose our values,” said City Engineer Dale Marshall.
Marshall said the 12-inch water lines installed on Tremont Street were in part spurred by an ongoing development project on Walck Road, centered on new condominiums called Villas a Deerwood, which gained city approval last year.
“It was a cost savings for them,” Marshall said. “We looked at it because they wanted to take over that system. It was the first job done that used the plastic in NT. And Tremont is the first job done by the city. It’s significant in that we have a history looking at plastic piping. It doesn’t erode and it requires less repairs.”
Traffic will be diverted off Tremont Street between Twin Cities Memorial Highway and Whiting Street through next week. Patients can access DeGraff Memorial Hospital via Christiana Street.
Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.