PLATTSBURGH — Work on the total rehabilitation of a major portion of South Catherine Street will begin this week.
“We are going to try to make it as easy as possible for people, but we are anxious to get going on this, and we know the long-term benefit is going to be great,” Mayor James Calnon said.
Work on the $7 million project will include a total revamp of the road, including new water and sewer lines and sidewalks from the Richard S. Perry Bridge south to South Peru Street.
That portion of the road has become strewn with cracks, potholes and uneven terrain in recent years, drawing numerous complaints from motorists, residents and business owners.
Calnon said construction workers will start with the west side of the road first. They will rip up the tarmac on that side, leaving the pavement on the east side. So that will allow for southbound traffic only.
Those wanting to go north will have to find their way to Route 9 via side streets, he said.
“When they finish with the west side, they will then do the east side, so one lane will always be paved, but it will be one-way traffic south only,” the mayor said.
Work is expected to last until the beginning of winter, he said.
Jeff Prescott, president and chief executive officer of Valley Vending at 4874 South Catherine St., said while the construction may be an inconvenience, it is needed.
“I’m not looking forward to it, but the road needs it bad,” he said.
“I sit in my office, and when big trucks go by the whole building shakes.”
Valley Vending does big sales of coffee K-Cups, and Prescott said he suspects the construction may hurt his walk-up business.
As an incentive, Valley Vending is offering 10 percent discounts to customers that brave the road work and come to the store.