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Canton Main Street project nears competion; ribbon-cutting planned

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CANTON — Night paving along Main Street finished this week as crews aim for a mid-November completion of the $9.55 million reconstruction project.

Thomas A. Maroun, project engineer with the state Department of Transportation, said several loose ends have to be tied up before the two-year project wraps up.

“We should be done around Thanksgiving time,” he said. “The work this year has gone smoother than last year.”

To celebrate the project nearing its finish line, the Canton Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Canton Municipal Building, 60 Court St.

Local officials and businesses owners will be joined by representatives from DOT and general contractor Luck Bros. Inc., Plattsburgh. The outdoor ribbon-cutting will be followed by brief speeches and refreshments in the downstairs courtroom.

Sidewalks on the E. Main Street section of the project will be installed over the next several days.

Next week, crews will lay sod between the sidewalks and curbing along the 1.1-mile project.

Remaining work also includes adding pavement markings, including crosswalk stripes, and installation of signs.

The drinking fountain that was removed from the Village Park will be reinstalled surrounded by new brickwork. Metal handrails are being fabricated for downtown businesses that haven’t received them yet.

Also, a 2.5-foot concrete retaining wall is being installed in front of Bruce and Susan Dart’s home at 15 E. Main St., near the railroad crossing. Drainage work was completed in the couple’s front lawn.

It was necessary to add the retaining wall because the CSX Rail Inc. crossing redesign forced the DOT to alter the highway elevation in that area, Mr. Maroun said

“The retaining wall allows us to install the sidewalk without filling in their front lawn,” Mr. Maroun said. “We had to increase the profile of the road in that area.”

A similar retaining wall was installed in front of the Nordberg home at 80 E. Main St.

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