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LOWVILLE — Site work on the Lewis County General Hospital’s long-awaited dialysis project is to commence Monday, with some traffic and parking restrictions planned.

“We will try our best to minimize the inconveniences the development of this project will create,” stated a release from the county-owned hospital. “The construction of this facility will allow new renal services to be provided to our community that are not currently available locally.”

The project’s general contractor, Northern Tier Contracting of Gouverneur, is to begin by securing the site with a temporary fencing and installing underground storm drainage infrastructure, the release stated.

National Grid crews are also scheduled to reconfigure electric service cables and relocate the pad-mounted transformer at the site, requiring excavations and trenching in the driveway for several days.

The driveway connecting the North State Street and Number Three Road ends of the hospital campus is to be temporarily closed to traffic until the latter work is completed.

To ensure public safety, pedestrians will be also barricaded from the work zone throughout the project, which will result in the loss of a few handicapped parking spots next to the Medical Arts Building, hospital officials said.

Handicapped parking will remain available in the loop near the North State Street entrance and on the west side of the hospital near the children’s clinic and rehabilitation entrance.

A 7,200-square-foot addition is slated to be built off the west side of the Medical Arts Building’s first floor and basement to accommodate the dialysis center.

Roughly 1,000 square feet of adjoining space in the Medical Arts Building will also be renovated and included in the dialysis suite, the hospital release states.

The addition will accommodate an eight-station outpatient clinic with a full basement and feature a new entrance into the main lobby area.

After the roughly $1.7 million addition is built, the hospital — which is covering most of the project’s costs with state grant funding — would turn it over to DaVita Inc., which would complete more than $200,000 worth of additional interior work, then operate the center under a 10-year lease agreement.

Plans are to complete the shell building by October, with interior finish work and installation of dialysis equipment to be finished by February.

That would allow the new center to open in March or April.

The project was designed by Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown.

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