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The Auburn City Council will vote Thursday to advance the Genesee Street Paving Project. 

The Auburn City Council will consider two resolutions Thursday relating to a Genesee Street paving project.

The first resolution authorizes the city to advance the project by paying 100 percent of the costs upfront. The total project budget is nearly $4.7 million, according to the council resolution, and the city will be reimbursed for a majority of the costs from both federal and state funds. The city's total contribution to the project will be $339,257 once reimbursed. 

The second resolution awards the project's construction contract to F. Rizzo Construction for $4,148,679. 

According to a May update from Jeff Reina of C&S Companies — the engineering firm hired to design the project  — construction for the project was scheduled to begin in September 2017. That, however, did not happen. Reina said Wednesday that a new anticipated start date is scheduled for spring 2018. He predicts the project will be completed by the end of September. 

Reina said construction was delayed because "it wasn't the right time."

"If you bid a project in the summer, contractors are busy and you wont get the best price," he said. "We decided to wait and bid in fall for spring construction."

The project scope includes repaving Genesee Street from Bluefield Road to North and South streets, as well as repairing manhole covers, select water and sewer systems, adding bike lanes to a portion of the road and updating crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

Parking along Genesee Street will also have to change in order to comply with New York State Department of Transportation regulations since the project is receiving funding from the state. City officials can either choose to replace the current, front-angle parking with back-angle or parallel parking.

According to Reina's May presentation, 35 spaces would be lost if the city chooses parallel parking. Reina also said back-angle parking is safer than front-angled parking. The council has not yet made a decision about the parking.

"This is going to be a continued topic of discussion as we get closer to the project," he said. 

Reina noted that there will be several other construction projects going on in the city at the same time as the Genesee Street project, including the Owasco River trail and the Equal Rights Cultural Heritage Center. 

"I think coordination is going to be very important with all the projects going on," he said. "There's going to be disruption. Hopefully people can be sympathetic and understanding. The city is going through a transformation, which is awesome. That takes time and we'll get through the season as best we can."

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. 

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