JAMESTOWN – With a large number of road and related infrastructure projects currently underway in the city, motorists are sure to see some delay in their commute from one side of town to the other. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says that while no one likes to be inconvenienced, it’s an unfortunate byproduct of work that needs to take place.
Throughout this month, the downtown Jamestown area alone has seen a number of road construction projects – ranging between curb and pot hole repairs all the way to whole-scale milling and repaving. Two of those projects involve corridors leading out of the downtown and into the city’s west side.
Mayor Teresi said the city is aware of the disruption that the projects have caused, but also added that the construction is necessary.
“We thank the public for their patience and understanding of the inconvenience,” Teresi said, adding, “But as I’ve also said before, everybody wants the streets fixed, but nobody wants to fix the streets because it’s timely, it’s costly and it creates inconvenience and disruption for folks. But being mindful of where we live, in this part of the world, we’ve got to fix the roads and it takes the cooperation and understanding of the public, so I think them again.”
Currently the NYS DOT is working curbing along the 900 ft long Third St. bridge, reducing it from four lanes to just two, creating slight congestion. Meanwhile, road crews are also repaving the area of Sixth St. from Main St. to the Sixth St. bridge, with traffic at times being rerouted as a result. Other projects including the Lakeview Ave. reconstruction, repairs on Falconer St. near the city line with Falconer, as well as the repaving of East Third St. from Main to Spring St. And construction is now underway on Route 60, from where it joins Route 62 in the town of Kiantone all the way to the Foote Ave. Arterial in Jamestown.
And the mayor said those projects are just the tip of the iceberg. “We have, just in the city, over 100 projects scheduled, underway, already completed and more to start as the season grinds on,” he said.
Teresi made his comments about construction during an interview that took place earlier this week with WRFA.The entire interview, which also focuses on west end development and his thoughts on running for reelection, will air Thursday at 5 p.m. during WRFA’s Community Matters program.