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Construction frustration for homeowners in one Northtown neighborhood

Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 19:00:53-04

Road construction is an all too familiar sound for homeowners along Wardman Road in the Village of Kenmore.

“It’s been like this for a year, and we’re ready to be done with this and move on,” Andy Kucserik told 7 Eyewitness News.

The $2.4 million dollar project included replacing sewer and water lines, curbs, adding new sidewalks, and repaving the roadway. It was scheduled to be complete November 1. But crews remained on scene Wednesday, and a block of the road remained closed.

Homeowners are also worried about all of the stone and rock being used to fill in their front yards. Home owners said they’re worried their landscaping won’t survive because of how their property was left.

“I have flowers and a garden along here and I’m not sure they’re going to make it if they’re planted in rock,” said Wardman Road homeowner, Heather Gardner.

According to DJM Contracting Owner Daniel Munich, the block will reopen to traffic by day's end, adding design issues caused some delay.

“It’s not that it was a bad design. You can never see what’s underground. So, we had to re-adjust stuff which takes time,” Munich explained.

Munich said weather pending, the entire project should be complete in several weeks. He said that includes removing any rocks that may have been mixed in to the first layer of top soil. “We will be raking that out. We’ve put four inches of top soil in. That’s spec for the job. So, we will be raking them out as we go along, and adding more top soil.”

Workers will also be laying grass seed and the village is scheduled to plant trees along the street. Neighbors we spoke to hope the current conditions improve. They said leaving their lawns rocky and uneven would be unacceptable. “We want quality work. This is a once in a lifetime, super expensive project, and you want it to look nice when it’s done,” Gardner said.