OLEAN, NY -- The 2016 New York State Chapter of the American Public Works Association awarded the City of Olean its Project of the Year Award-Transportation for the North Union Street Complete Street Transformation Project.

Olean Mayor William J. Aiello accepted the award at the APWA Chapter Awards Banquet at the Strathallen Hotel in Rochester on March 23.

"The City of Olean is honored to accept this award," he said. "The North Union Street project brought significant changes to our downtown and was very controversial. Five roundabouts took the place of six traffic lights in a little less than a half-mile section of road. In addition a median was added to the former four lane street and the electric, gas and water lines were updated. It was a significant project that took about three years to complete.”

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He credited residents and business owners who "took a leap of faith." Early signs, he added, "indicate that the transformation of the street has made an impact. New businesses have opened on North Union Street, and established businesses have invested in their properties along the street.”

Aiello acknowledged the work of Olean Department of Public Works Director Tom Windus and his staff and Community Development Director Mary George and her staffs.

The award  promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing partnership between the managing agency and the participating consultants and contractors. The consultant in the project was Mott MacDonald and the contractor was CATCO.