College Street work to start

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While work to repave North and South College streets in Washington will not be completed this construction season, some work will be done.


Determining the scope of the work will be a coordinated effort between the state Department of Transportation and the contractor, Donegal Construction Corp. of Greensburg.


Delays in getting work under way on College was blamed on miscommunication between PennDOT and Pennsylvania-American Water Co. PennDOT was waiting for water company representatives to review plans because of a line in that area.


“The best case scenario is that half of College would be done,” said Scott Faieta, assistant PennDOT construction engineer. “We met with the water company last week. They are opening bids Thursday to relocate their line between Beau and Chestnut.”


“We are certainly not going to be able to do the whole street,” he added. “We’d be able to pave between East Maiden and East Beau streets or put down about 1,100 feet of drainage pipe. We’ll get together with Donegal and coordinate to see what is feasible. But the fact remains, we won’t get the entire job done this year.”


Construction on the $5 million project in the area known as the Route 19 corridor began in April.


Work is continuing in the left lane on Lincoln Street. Paving work on that side should be completed next week and work will be switched over to the right side in the next two weeks, Faieta said. Some sidewalks will be completed next year as PennDOT waits for some utility poles to be moved.


PennDOT also sent the Washington County Housing Authority an estimate of $56,000 to install drainage pipes for its property in the area of Lincoln Terrace. Cameras also will be used in two inlets to determine the location of storm drains in the Highland Avenue area.


Work on the next phase of the project, which includes the area of Highland, Ridge and Murtland avenues will be bid in November with construction in 2013.


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