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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 on 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 the 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 the state DOT and Luck Bros. Inc.,Plattsburgh, general contractor. Following the outdoor ribbon cutting, brief speeches and refreshments will follow in the downstairs courtroom.

Sidewalks on the East Main Street section of the project will be installed for 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 pavement markings, including crosswalk stripes and installation of signs.

The drinking fountain that was removed from the Village Park will be re-installed surrounded by new brick work. 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 East Main St., near the railroad crossing. Drainage work was also completed in the couple’s front lawn.

It was necessary to add the retaining wall because the CSX Rail Inc. crossing redesign forced the state 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’s home, 80 E. Main St.

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