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February 12, 2013

Parker-Fries Phase III bond approved

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The town board approved a $16 million bond resolution for Phase III of the ongoing Parker-Fries sewer project at their regular meeting Monday night. 

Director of Water Resources Ken Maving gave a presentation on the latest phase of the ongoing multi-million dollar project Monday before the public hearing, and detailed where the construction will take place. 

“We had to start this process to receive the low interest funding and begin the project in 2013,” Maving said. 

The phase is set to begin Nov. 1 and will continue the four-phase project mandated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on the improvement of the sewer lines, allowing the town to take away more water in wet weather conditions, preventing basement flooding.

Work will take place south of Sheridan Drive on Chelsea Street, Woodland Drive, Highland Parkway and Lincoln Park Drive. 

He also outlined the project’s schedule. Bids are set to go out in August, and the project will be awarded to a contractor in September before construction begins by Nov. 1. The project is set to be complete in 2015, but that timeline depends on the contractor’s work.

“We are two for two with contractors so far,” Maving said. “We’ve been very happy with both and we hope to continue that.”

A public meeting on Phase III will be held to inform residents in affected areas before construction begins. 

Contractors for the present phase, Concrete Applied Technologies of Alden, will take a winter break from the project starting at the end of the week. They’ll return to work March 4 and will complete work on a sewer line on Brighton Road that will run from Parker to Parkhurst boulevards. 

“The intersection of Brighton and Fries will be closed for a few days that week,” Maving said. “We’ll coordinate with the school district on the rerouting of buses again.”

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