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December 12, 2012

North Tonawanda looks to a busy year ahead

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Tonawanda News — “We were supposed to have this out to bid before Walmart had opened,” Marshall said, speaking to the city’s stance that the extension was needed in part due to increase traffic along Erie Avenue. 

Durkee Bridge, as it’s known, would cost $2.5 million to repair, with $1.8 million of that coming from the federal government, while North Tonawanda would contribute $375,000 that already was bonded in 2007. 

Marshall’s department also would oversee a $524,000 Webster Street rain garden initiative that would divert polluted water away from the Erie Canal, a $630,000 project that will add a water pump station to Sherwood Avenue and a $20,000 9/11 Memorial next to the North Tonawanda Fire Department on Zimmerman that will incorporate a piece of steel from the Twin Towers. Additionally, other small projects will be added to the mix. 

The Webster Street rain garden will likely be the last to be completed, while the 9/11 project is expected to be complete by the 12th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. 

Alderwoman-At-Large commended what she described as Mayor Rob Ortt’s hard work and initiative to bring the large scale projects to fruition, along with his staff, during Tuesday’s work session meeting. 

“It’s enjoyable when they’re done,” Ortt responded. “I like challenges and this has been one of them.”  

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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