JAMESTOWN – Mayor Sam Teresi has announced two upcoming street projects that will begin this spring in downtown Jamestown. The details were delivered during the city council’s work session meeting on Monday night.
Usually the city holds off on finalizing its annual list of construction projects until late April or early May, but the mayor wanted to offer a sneak preview on two projects that will definitely be taking place this year.
One project will focus on the area of W. Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets. The mayor says that section of the street has required repeated attention over the years because it has a weak foundation. As a result, he said the city plans to put in a new street foundation, which should help to keep it from seeing recurring problems – including large potholes – in the coming years.
The other project announced by the mayor is the area of N. Main Street between first and third streets. He said that due to two recent water main breaks under the street, the sub-base has been compromised, causing significant buckling to the pavement on the surface along with potholes. As a result, the street will be repaired to address those issues.
In addition, the mayor said that construction will continue on the S. Main Street Bridge over the Chadakoin, with a complete shutdown planned for later this spring, meaning the roadway will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The bridge is being renovated by Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities. According to the Post Journal, the original cost was expected to be just over $4 million, but a new estimate now puts it closer to $4.25 million. The federal government is funding 80 percent of the project.
The bridge has been reduced to one lane since last summer.