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Brasher officials say highway garge construction coming along well

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BRASHER FALLS — Brasher officials say that despite the nasty winter weather, construction of their new highway garage is coming along well.

“They’ve got the foundation and concrete footer holes that need to be up,” Deputy Town Supervisor William D. Demo said.

The challenge, Mr. Demo said, is the temperature required for the concrete to cure properly and not crack on days when outdoor temperatures have been at zero or below.

“When that concrete was curing, the heat was 105 degrees on top. The report said it was 57 or 59 degrees in the ground. It was able to cure properly,” he said.

Brasher officials awarded contracts at the end of November. General construction contractor Danko Construction Corp., Massena, bid $1,008,284. The contract for plumbing went to Norwood Plumbing, which bid $66,700. The electrical contract was awarded to Jordstat Construction Inc., Alexandria Bay, which bid $98,949. Mechanical work was awarded to Eni Mechanical Inc., Gouverneur, which bid $262,900. Mr. Demo said contractors were taking a weeklong break but completion is anticipated in August.

The town purchased 5.35 acres from Leon Dishaw on County Route 53 in Helena for $35,000 for the new garage.

The current town garage in Helena was purchased from the St. Lawrence Seaway for $1 in 1958, and the town had to build the foundation and walls for the steel building that served as a storage shed for the Seaway. That building is too small for the highway department’s vehicles, hot air furnaces hang from the ceiling and some crumbling walls need repairs, officials said.

Town officials, using casino gaming compact funds for the project, budgeted $1.3 million for it two years ago. Estimates from Beardsley Design Associates, the town’s architectural and engineering firm, had indicated it could cost from $1.2 million to $1.5 million.

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