Jamestown Officials Discuss Viaduct Renovations

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A project over 10 years in the making, Jamestown lawmakers are considering renovating the North Main Street viaduct. 

Multiple plans for the area have floated around for over 10 years, however officials want to take action soon for “public safety” reasons.

Over the past year, the City of Jamestown has seen an increase in homeless individuals. Last summer, multiple complaints arose of people setting up in that space.

Currently officials are proposing a lighting system to be implemented under the bridge. 

Lighting options were proposed to cost around $100,000 dollars. That was estimated last year, since then prices have gone up and other conflicts have arisen.

“We kind of estimated up to $150,000 dollars,“ explained Director of Development Crystal Surdyk. “The project initially, we had estimated at $100,000 dollars and given a whole year had passed, we have also found that we assumed there was conduit in the bridge for the lighting, and there is not. So we expect that the cost of the lighting will increase. The original estimate for the lighting was a little over $32,000 dollars.”     

Councilwoman Marie Carrubba brought up the dwindling American Rescue Plan Act funds the city has left. Stating that while massive projects that require the money remains, lighting up the small area should be at the bottom of the list. 

Previous plans for the area included public art, seating, street safety, and beautification.

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