HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The ongoing, estimated four-month project to repair and replace gas mains and connections to properties in downtown Hastings-on-Hudson continued through the first week in August with some discomfort.
"I come into the village to shop and walk around from Dobbs Ferry, and all the villages are undergoing some kind of work," said Jeff Albert. "They are really doing a pretty good job, I think. At night they cover everything so people can get around."
The work is being done along Spring Street (near Village Hall) to Warburton Avenue, and along Warburton from Spring to Main Street, then up West Main and Main Street to Broadway. On-street parking has been reduced at times in different areas while the work is being performed.
Consolidated Edison's plan is to install 1,250 feet of pipe in stages at seven locations, which will require roadway opening and service connection in a limited area at a time. The work will include sidewalk repair to those sections that are opened for service connections to about 60 customers.The work will take four months to complete.
Shop and restaurant owners have seen some slowdown in business as the necessary repairs are made.
"Our line was replaced, and that was necessary to make the service safe," said John DiMiceli, owner of Prime American Grille on Main Street. "It has made the street tough to get around for customers, but we're open and doing what we can."
"These stresses don’t help our downtown merchants whatsoever, and I ask that you compensate by making a special effort to shop downtown and keep your dollars local and the merchants open during this tough time," Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski said in a message to villagers in June. "The downtown is only lively and populated if we all shop there. So please do so."