JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A popular Jamestown thoroughfare that has been under construction since March, will not be completed this year. This news is concerning for local plow drivers who will now likely deal with unfamiliar road conditions this winter.
Designated as a state route, New York had employed the help of contractors to complete the milelong project on Washington Street in Jamestown, however due to shortages, the project will not get done this year.
“You may have noticed that there’s a lot of parts of Washington Street that have yet to be prepared,“ explained Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “A lot of curbs, a lot of sidewalks, steel metal plates. We had received notice that Washington street would not be completed this year.”
With the upcoming winter season, officials are concerned about what the current road state will do to city equipment like snow plows.
“As a response to that, Jeff (Lehman) and his team have formally put the state on notice for the current state of the road, the curbs, and other issues,“ stated Mayor Sundquist. “We have sent them written notification, on defect. We have asked them to take care of those items, because there’s going to be a huge issue with not only plowing, but mobility and access and others to the various areas.”
In the end, Washington Street is a State Road, and the city can not do much about it.
“We heard back from the state,“ explained Director of Public Works Jeff Lehman. “They’re trying to work with their contractor to “better the situation” but I think it’s going to be a long winter on Washington Street this year, but it is under their jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, the new Fleet Maintenance building planned for Washington Street has begun construction, with a planned completion date for Summer of 2023.