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Workers from North Country Contractors of Henderson have begun installing a waterline for Taylor Road in the town of LeRay, a mile-long connector from the intersection at Walmart off Route 11 to Eagle Ridge Village.

The town hired the contractor for $510,000 to install the 12-inch ductile-iron pipe for the planned road, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Taylor Road, which will link Johnson Road near Walmart to Kestrel Drive in the west, is expected to ease traffic flow by offering another exit for the approximately 700 families at Eagle Ridge Village. Town officials also expect the parcels along the road to be prime real estate sought by developers looking to build multi-family housing.

By design, the road is U-shaped to create room for housing development in the area, rather than connecting directly from the intersection to Eagle Ridge Village. The town made a deal with Columbia Development, Albany, to purchase land on its property to build the road funded by multiple sources. The town’s share of the road project will be $340,000, which it will pay using infrastructure money acquired from Fort Drum’s Residential Communities Initiative. The remaining $1 million for the project will be paid from the following sources: a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation; a $200,000 state grant acquired by the Development Authority of the North Country; and $300,000 from the Jefferson County Highway Department for construction assistance.

Workers are expected to be done installing the waterline by the end of the month, town engineer Kris D. Dimmick said. The LeRay Highway Department will partner with the county highway department to build the road. That work could start as early as this month.

The project, Mr. Dimmick said, is expected to provide a wide range of benefits for the community. Families at Eagle Ridge Village, for example, will have another route to drive to Fort Drum in the morning. Over the long term, additional housing and commercial businesses are expected in the area.

“I think you’ll see the continued expansion of multi-family housing with this road being built,” he said. “And there are any number of convenience and retail businesses that with thrive there.”

Town officials have told the Times that two housing developers have actively expressed interest in starting projects on the property. American Fidelity Holdings, the Utah development firm that owns 340 acres west of the land owned by Columbia off Goulds Corners Road, has expressed interest in building a 140-unit apartment complex near the intersection of Taylor Road and Kestrel Drive. Eagle Ridge developer Clover Construction Co., Williamsville, also has contacted the town regarding a plan to build additional townhouses at the former Dawn Homes site.

Taylor Road originally was included in a plan from developer Dawn Homes to build apartments at the site. That plan was scrapped in March.

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