August 19, 2011
Marathon street work nearing completion
New sidewalks, curbing installed as
village gets ready for 150th anniversary
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Broome Bituminous employees Bob Schreiber, left, and Joe Osmon, center, pour concrete for new curbs Wednesday along a section of Peck Street in Marathon.
MARATHON — An ongoing project to improve sidewalks and landscaping around the village over the past month is expected to finish by the end of August, Mayor John Pitman said Thursday.
Some repaving along village sidewalks and roads, including Peck Street, wrapped up this week. A crew from Broome Bituminous Products, a paving company based in Broome County, could be seen earlier this week pouring concrete for new curbing along Peck Street.
Pitman said more sidewalk paving is needed before the project is done.
Crews are also planting about a dozen trees around areas including the Civic Center.
A $500,000 state grant obtained in 2008 has funded the project. Pitman said it aims at beautifying access between the field and park to Main Street and matching how they look.
Improvement work was much needed in the village and would have taken at least a decade to save up for without any grant funding, Pitman said.
The project still had to be scaled back a little, he said, since supply costs rose between the time the village applied for the grant and when the dollars came several years later.
That was easy to do, meaning one less parking lot would be repaved for now, Pitman said.
“We knew it going in,” Pitman said. “Otherwise the budget of the project has been right on the money.”
The project to build the playground and improve the Peck Avenue access to the park and river with grant funds was held up since 2008 due to the state’s financial crisis.
But newly paved sidewalks and streets will come in especially handy for the large gatherings in the village that happen year-round — such as the Maple Festival and the varied sporting events at Lovell Field that always draw crowds, Pitman said.
Crowds are expected in those areas and surrounding ones Aug. 27, when Marathon celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The sidewalk and road repaving is the second phase of the village’s improvement project.
The first phase of work was construction of a new playground at Lovell Field and it was completed last fall.
It is larger than the previous 25-year-old playground.
The project will connect $3 million worth of Main Street roadway, sidewalk and street lighting improvements. It was funded by state Department of Transportation and completed in 2009, with the park and the canoe launch that was also built that year.
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