Weather, traffic, village challenges delay downtown Canton paving
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 5:19 pm

CANTON – Weather, traffic and problems working around the many manholes, drainage inlets and other obstacles have delayed the start of planned overnight paving along Main Street.

Paving was due to begin Monday night, but engineers have put it off for a couple of days, according to Michael Flick, NYS Department of Transportation Public Information Officer for Region 6, based in Watertown.

“Crews are fine-grading, which is when the gravel surface is brought close to the required elevation and ‘smoothness’ required for paving,” Flick said.

“Fine grading takes a while on a good day as it really is done to a fine level of precision given that the pavement courses that are placed on the gravel all go down much better when your fine grade is good,” Flick explained.

“The paving delay isn’t due to any calamitous series of events, just issues relating to weather, village work and working around traffic,” Flick said.

“Work in a village is tough as you have drainage inlets, manholes and valve boxes galore to work around,” which Flick said “has a tendency to slow things down all while trying to maintain traffic.”

The overnight paving, when it gets started, will run from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Riverside Drive to Park Place along U.S. Rt. 11, Main Street in Canton. The paving work, with high potential for snarling traffic, was planned for overnight work to make it easier on busy daytime traffic.

“Overall, things are going well and this time of year is always tough as crews everywhere are trying to get finished up or buttoned up for winter,” Flick said. “I haven’t heard anything that would indicate that we aren’t going to get where was hoped for before crews shut down for the season and if you have any pull with the weather man, cool sunny days would be a great help from here to the end of the season.”

The $10 million project, which includes new drainage, curb and sidewalk work in addition to rebuilding the road, is due to be finished about a year from now.