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Canton marks completion of reconstruction project on main street

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CANTON — The line of traffic early Friday afternoon on the west side of the village was as long as it was during the initial stages of the $10 million reconstruction project as work crews laid sidewalks at the busy intersection of Main and Gouverneur streets.

But traffic delays were temporary and by mid-afternoon the traffic flow returned to normal.

After nearly two years of major construction in the heart of the village, downtown businesses, residents and motorists will soon sense normalcy.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced Friday the project is coming to an end. Work crews will remain in Canton to wrap up loose ends, likely until Thanksgiving.

The reconstruction project provides improved transportation infrastructure, increased pedestrian safety and updated public utilities in the village.

Late Friday afternoon, state DOT officials, representatives from general contractor Luck Bros. Inc., Plattsburgh, and town and village officials gathered in front of the municipal building for an “End of Construction” ribbon cutting and reception.

The two-year project revitalized approximately one mile of Route 11 in the village of Canton. The highway is a major commercial corridor in the region. The project addressed infrastructure needs, as well as mobility issues in the village. The project was developed with significant community input and includes enhanced pedestrian facilities.

Canton Town Supervisor David T. Button said, “This is one of the biggest public works projects undertaken in our community in years, and a few folks in town may have lost their patience. But downtown Canton looks clean, attractive and progressive. And the traffic flow has been greatly improved. All of this should help us attract college students, businesses and residents looking for a progressive community to call home. Hats off to the team from NYSDOT and Luck Brothers, who delivered a quality project right on schedule.”

Business district enhancements on the project include updated utilities and streetscape features such as ornamental lighting, brick pavers, and new plantings as well as crosswalks with bump-outs to enhance pedestrian safety. The residential district also received updated utilities and features to enhance the overall walkability of the community.

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