Sidewalks and walkways removed from Courthouse with new ones coming

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 September 2021 at 2:18 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The top photo shows the Orleans County Department of Public Works on Wednesday working on the front area of the Orleans County Courthouse, facing East State Street.

The DPW has removed the sidewalks and wide walkway leading from the street to the historic building from 1858.

This photo from this afternoon shows the front area leading to the building without any concrete sidewalks. New ones will soon be going in that will be 12 feet wide, much slimmer than the previous ones.

The County Legislature has set aside $50,000 to replace sidewalks, upgrade landscaping, and relocate existing light fixtures at the Courthouse Square.

It’s part of several improvements at the site. The county also replaced the roof hatch and sealed the cupola. The sealed cupola should stop water from leaking inside. The hatch, which is used for workers to access the cupola and top of the dome, had deteriorated.