Broadway water-sewer project pushed back

SARANAC LAKE – The village has postponed plans to replace water and sewer infrastructure underneath a busy downtown thoroughfare.

Village Manager John Sweeney said Monday that municipal workers hoped to start this fall on replacing the infrastructure on Broadway, from the intersection of Dorsey Street to Bloomingdale Avenue. However, the project has been pushed back until next spring, he said.

“Early spring is when we’re trying to schedule,” he said. “In the next four weeks, we should have both sets of engineers up here – AES (Northeast) on the sewer, as well as (Barton and Loguidice) on the water, road and sidewalk – to do a presentation for the public in reference to what the scope of the project is going to be. It is going to be significant in the area of Dorsey through to the parking lot at Community Bank.”

Sweeney said the goal is to get the public involved early in the process as the work would undoubtedly affect the businesses and residents on that stretch of Broadway.

“It will be a difficult project, and we want to get as much pre-information out there as possible,” he said.

The Broadway project came up this winter after an 80-year-old water main that runs beneath the street burst. In mid February, it and its lateral lines sprang multiple leaks, which flooded the road and the basement of at least one business. The road was closed for five days until all the leaks could be located and fixed.

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