Plans set to repair Fredonia retaining walls

The retaining walls on Prospect Street and Porter Avenue that concerned village officials recently are earmarked for repairs.

In the case of the Prospect Street site, the work is already done, according to Streets Superintendent Tony Gugino.

“We went over there with the excavator and loader and took a lot of crushed concrete, filled the voids in,” he said. Rip-rap material was also used.

The end result is “a protected, solid sheet of concrete and rip-rap,” Gugino said at a recent village board meeting.

He said the problem started when erosion scoured away gravel behind the pre-cast concrete blocks put in for the retaining wall. “We went over there 10 or 12 years ago. There was a repair done when half the road washed out,” he said.

As for Porter Avenue, work there is just beginning. Fredonia’s Board of Trustees agreed Monday to hire Patriot Design & Consulting for “the design, permitting and bidding of this project at a cost of $5,278.99,” as the resolution states

Gugino said at the April 29 meeting of the trustees that he also wanted to do that work in-house, but because it is next to a stream, the state insisted on a formal design and bidding process.

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