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Old underground tank removed near Canton’s Main Street


CANTON — A large underground tank that work crews discovered near Main Street was determined to be an old furnace boiler that did not leave behind contaminated soil.

The surrounding soil was tested by Anortho Environmental Consulting Services, Plattsburgh, a subcontractor hired by Luck Bros. Inc., Plattsburgh, general contractor for the state’s $9.55 million Route 11 reconstruction project. “The tank was found to be an old large furnace and no contamination was discovered,” said Thomas A. Maroun Jr., project manager for the state Department of Transportation.

The tank was discovered at the edge of the Family Dollar store parking lot off West Main Street and originally was thought to be a fuel tank. After being removed, it was sent to be dismantled for scrap.

It’s possible the boiler tank was used as a coal furnace from the 1930s, Mr. Maroun said.

As the project continues, crews have started paving the first layer on a section of East Main Street, which is primarily a residential area. Sidewalk concrete work in that area is scheduled to start next week.

Work near the CSX rail crossing will continue once additional drainage units are delivered, Mr. Maroun said.

Village Superintendent Brien E. Hallahan said road signs reminding drivers of large trucks they are prohibited from using Judson Street were installed at each corner of the street.

Drivers are supposed to detour off Main Street onto State Street and Riverside Drive, but several motorists instead are turning onto Judson Street because it’s a shorter route.

There is a 5-ton limit on Judson Street and village police officers have issued some tickets to truckers who ignore the signs, Mr. Hallahan said.

“We put up signs to highlight it and we’re trying to enforce it,” he said.

Residents receiving deliveries or people who need a moving trailer are exempt from the truck ban, he said.

Despite delays with the CSX crossing, the entire project is still on schedule to finish by Nov. 30, Mr. Maroun said.

One of the last steps involves installing a final layer of paving on the 1.1-mile stretch of Main Street that was reconstructed. That paving will be done at night this fall.

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