Franklin Street project will need more money, Kingston City Council committee says – Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, NY — The cost of replacing sidewalks and resurfacing the length of Franklin Street will be about $1.1 million more than expected, the city engineer said.

John Schultheis told the Joint Council’s Finance and Audit Committee at a meeting on Wednesday, March 9 that the project was initially expected to cost $1.5 million, part of which would be funded by a $750,000 grant from the State Department of Environmental Conservation. He said that estimate, however, was seven years.

“Since the project was originally conceived, construction costs have increased,” Schultheis said. He said the project is now expected to cost $2.6 million.

At Schultheis’ request, the committee approved a resolution authorizing the city to borrow an additional $1.1 million in financing to pay for the project. This resolution still needs to be voted on by the full board, which will meet again next month.

The board must also consider a request from Schultheis to declare that the project would have no significant adverse environmental impacts under the state Environmental Quality Review Act.

A resolution to issue a negative statement was referred to the Board’s Laws and Regulations Committee for further consideration. The committee meets again next week.

If the additional funding is approved by council, the project could go to tender within a month, Schultheis said. He said construction could begin this summer and be completed within five to six months. The project would improve road safety and accessibility for all Franklin Street users, including through the installation of handicap accessible ramps, according to Schultheis.

The project also calls for existing bluestone used for sidewalks to be reset on Franklin Street between Wall Street and Clinton Avenue, Schultheis said. The rest of the street would have concrete sidewalks, he added.

“On Franklin Street, we will harvest, collect, inventory and identify the bluestone that is there that can be reused,” Schultheis said. “Not everything can. Some of them are damaged. He added that the use of bluestone is something that area residents are asking for.

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