Estimate: $3 Million To Bury Clayton's Power Lines

Estimate: $3 Million To Bury Clayton's Power Lines

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Buffy Golden is the owner of O'Brien's Restaurant on Webb Street in Clayton. It's on a stretch of road that will be part of a village reconstruction project.

While Golden knows the project is necessary to do, she and other business owners are worried about what it might mean for their short business season.

"The unfortunate thing is it has to be done in the middle of summertime. I've been here 15 years this year, we have about a 2, 2 and a half month window now of actual business and tourism," said Golden.

Part of James Street and Riverside Drive will also be reconstructed over the next two construction seasons.  Riverside Drive will be reconstructed from building to building, including the sidewalk utilities like water and sewer will be replaced.

The state Department of Transportation is informing the public about the project, the construction schedule and traffic plans, which includes one-way traffic and temporary street closures.

DOT spokesperson Mike Flick says he hopes they can alleviate people's fears.

"It's going to be dusty, we're going to have construction going on. We're going to do the best we can to get things done as quickly and as cleanly as possible but we want to make sure people have a real understanding of what's going to happen," he said.

The project also includes burying the overhead utility lines through downtown. Village residents voted in February of 2017 to borrow up to $5 million to do it.

7 News has learned National Grid estimates it'll cost more than $3 million to bury the power lines. The village will have to add to that costs from Verizon, Spectrum Cable and Westelcom.

Deputy Mayor Tony Randazzo says the village board is now working with the utility companies on their estimates and determining if the village can afford to do it.

"We're still super optimistic, things are looking really well that we're going to be able to get these power lines underground during the project at the same time," he said.

The project is expected to go out to bid this fall and then finish in 2020.

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