Wide crumbling sidewalks getting removed by courthouse

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 September 2021 at 3:05 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Orleans County Department of Public Works today removed many of the large concrete sections of sidewalk leading to the County Courthouse on East State Street. There are more to be taken out.

The county DPW will be putting in new sidewalks, with the main walkway reduced to be a much slimmer 12 feet wide.

It’s part of several improvements at the site, where the building was constructed in 1858 and is the focal point of Courthouse Square, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

The sidewalks and concrete steps near the street also were in disrepair.

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