CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - North Country law makers gathered at a ceremonial ground breaking in Clayton on Wednesday to kick off a reconstruction project that will improve the village’s downtown.
“It’s exciting. It’s been five years to get to this point and there was some difficult times and we’ve lived through them,” said Clayton Mayor, Norma Zimmer.
The $9.3 million project will be partially funded by the New York Department of Transportation.
Riverside Drive, as well as parts of James and Webb Streets will be reconstructed. Water and sewer lines will be upgraded and above-ground utility lines will be relocated underground. Items like benches and trees will also be added to improve the look of the village’s streets.
“It enhances safety for pedestrians and for people that are touring and here for fun, as well improving the roads. It’s a win win,” explained Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.
Construction on the project is set to begin after Labor Day and is expected to be completed by summer 2021.
“We are going to pull together and work together and we will get this done," enthused Zimmer, "and we will be here in a couple years to celebrate the completion.”