Canandaigua: Highway garage on time, under budget

Call it a race against time.

Town officials are hopeful the new Canandaigua highway garage will be able to house the town’s fleet of vehicles by Dec. 31, in anticipation of the heavy-duty winter plowing season.

But if the area is belted by a whopper of a snow event in early December, November or, heaven forbid, October, town highway crews will be able to hit the 101 center-line miles of snowy roads, just in case work on the facility is still underway.

“We’ll be ready to plow snow,” said Highway and Water Superintendent Jim Fletcher. “We’ll just be outside.”

That is the worst-case scenario, because the $6 million project is on schedule and under budget, according to town officials who have been checking on its progress regularly.

Councilman Terry Fennelly is chairman of the town’s public works committee, which meets twice monthly. The progress of the work is a regular topic and and hiccups or problems are dealt with early on, he said.

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