ODOT delays Rt. 58 work another week

Staff Report

You’ll never believe this (OK, maybe you will) but the start of paving on Rt. 58 uptown has been pushed back yet again.

Mayor David Taylor’s office released a statement last week showing that asphalt surfacing will now start Monday, Aug. 10.

“This is due to material delivery and availability of crews,” said the update, which originated from ODOT District 3 transportation manager Patrick Pijor.

The latest delay moved back the project by seven days. Previously it had been slated to begin in mid-June.

Once it does finally begin, work will be done overnight (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and target the area between Cooper Foster Park and North Ridge roads.

Taylor said he plans to meet next Tuesday with ODOT reps and contractors to get more details.

Milling equipment is in high demand across the entire region after rainy weeks in June and July, said city safety-service director Mark Costilow. That means Amherst’s street paving program has also been pushed back to mid-August because milling equipment simply isn’t available.

An ODOT bridge repair effort on North Main Street and a state sidewalk installation program on South Lake are both on track.

Staff Report