Holley gears up for $4.5 million water, sidewalk project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 October 2019 at 11:06 am

File photo: An upcoming project in Holley will replace deteriorating sidewalks, including this one on Geddes Street.

HOLLEY – The Village of Holley will soon be seeking bids from contractors to replace sidewalks and water lines in the village, a combined project that is estimated to cost about $4.5 million.

The village is accepting bids until 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 for the sidewalks and waterlines.

The village has been approved for a $1,780,000 federal TAP grant (Transportation Alternatives Program) to construct curbs and sidewalks that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The grant will allow the village to replace about one-third of the sidewalks in the village.

That includes sidewalk along Rt. 237 – both north and south of Rt. 31 to the village limits (from the water tower to the elementary school), as well as both sides of Geddes Street, both sides of Perry Street, both sides of Morgan Street and the west side of East Avenue.

The TAP grant is an 80/20 federal matching program. Some of the village’s 20 percent ($455,000) could come from in-kind services from the Department of Public Works.

Holley also has bonds lined up to help cover the local share of the sidewalks and also the water improvements, which is a 60-40 grant.

Holley was awarded nearly $1.3 million from the state for upgrades to the water system through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.

The waterline project includes 5,800 linear feet, just over a mile, and involves replacing 4- to 8-inch water mains with 8- to 12-inch water mains.

That project includes portions of South Main (from the water tower to Batavia Street), South Main from Jackson Street to West Albion Street, water service transfers only along North Main from West Albion Street to the high school, the northerly side of Geddes Street from Van Buren Street to Public Square, along with connections to existing waterlines at ends and side streets.

The village is also seeking bids for alternates and could do more waterline and sidewalk work. Alternate 1 includes a waterline on the westerly side of Park Place from East Albion Street to Perry Street. Alternate 2 includes a waterline on the southerly and westerly sides of East Union Street from North Main to Perry streets.

Alternate 3 includes sidewalk replacement on both sides of Park Place. Alternate 4 includes sidewalk replacement along both sides of East Union Street.

The projects are being bid together with one contractor to tackle both the waterlines and then the sidewalks.

Brian Sorochty, Holley mayor, said he expects the Village Board will award the bids for the contract in early November with construction starting soon after. The contractor has one year to get all of the work done.

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