The $2.5 million Summit Street reconstruction project that started this summer in the heart of the city is winding down and Matt Worth, the city's Department of Public Works superintendent, says he expects everything to be completed week's end.
By contract, the work has to be "substantially done" by the end of the month, that's Monday.
Worth said putting down the black top will technically substantially complete the project. Though that task is "a little weather-dependant, the forecast looks like that will be happening Monday."
Next is the completing the landscaping.
Thirty trees were removed because they conflicted with installation of curbs and sidewalks, or they were in a deteriorated condition. Sixty-two new trees are being planted. Worth added that this is an ideal time to plant the trees, according to the nursery they are working with, and it's apparently good to wait for the trees to become dormant for the season before planting them.
Grass seeding has been completed on the east side, and the finishing touch to the landscaping-- grass seeding on the west side -- will be done by Friday.
Also, crosswalks and stop bars will need to be painted on the fresh asphalt.
"We're really looking to bundle this up, so by the end of next week, I believe those things will have occurred," Worth said.
The Rochester engineering firm of Erdman Anthony has been supervising independent contract companies on this locally administered federal-aid project.
Workers removed the old road, put in new storm, sewer and drainage systems, and paved the road. Federal and state funds covered all but about $100,000 of the cost, with the city responsible for the rest.
The city also funded a $350,000 project to install new water main on Summit Street.
Our news partner WBTA AM/FM contributed to this story.
For previous coverage about the city's infrastructure projects this year, click here.