By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- More than $430,000 from the state will allow Massena town and village crews to pave eight roads and the footbridge park this summer.
The village is getting $321,585 total, $100,471 from Pave NY and $221,114 from CHIPs.
Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan Fayad said he is looking to pave West Hatfield Street from Main Street to the bridge, Robinson Road from state Route 37 to the bus garage, Ober Street from Beach Street to Liberty Avenue, Cecil Avenue from Douglas Road to Rockaway Street and Williams Street from Cummings Street to Bayley Road. They will also pave the footbridge park.
He said work will start June 1. Fayad says officials haven’t decided on the order.
“We are going to sit down and determine what order,” he said. “It’s very difficult because of the window we have to work within. You have weather, you have to work with employee vacations, time off.”
The footbridge park was added just recently. It’s being paid for with $50,000 extra in Pave NY money than originally announced, Fayad said.
“The footbridge park will probably be the last one,” he said.
All of the road projects will have sidewalk repairs tied in, according to Fayad.
The Town Highway Department will pave three roads with $109,624 in state funding. That’s $89,252 from CHIPs and $20,372 from Pave NY.
Highway Superintendent Frank Diagostino says they are looking at Dennison Road, Carey Road and patching North Raquette Road.
“We’ll start in May and be done by September,” he said. “It’s a full summer process to do it … we’ll start on Carey Road … move onto Dennison.”
He said each road will take a month-and-a-half to two months.
Fayad says he asks motorists to be mindful of paving crews when driving by them.
“We would ask that the traveling public respect the workers and the roads. It’s not an easy job to do when there’s a lot of traffic,” he said. “If people are not paying attention, it could lead to a bad situation … we do the best we can with what we have.”