Reconstruction of College Street between Highland Avenue and East Maiden Street in Washington will not likely occur this construction season.
“We are already about 3 1/2 to 4 months behind schedule,” said Scott Faieta, assistant construction engineer for the state Department of Transportation. “It is an ongoing issue. I had hoped to do work between East Maiden and East Beau streets. But it isn’t looking good.”
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.
College and Lincoln streets are being rebuilt in a $5 million Route 19 corridor project. The two streets are referred to as Route 19 by PennDOT. Donegal Construction Co. of Greensburg is the general contractor.
After looking at production rates on the Lincoln Street portion, Faieta doesn’t think the construction can be completed in that two-block area of College.
“And I don’t think it is economically feasible to put in drainage pipes, only to open up the pavement next construction season,” he added. “We’d just be incurring additional costs.”
Caution also has to be exercised in putting down the drainage pipes because of the proximity of a water company line.
“We can only lay about 40 feet at a time instead of 150 to 200 feet,” Faieta said.
A final decision will be made in the next few days, Faieta said during a construction update meeting Tuesday. He will meet at the site Friday to discuss it with Joseph Szczur, district executive for PennDOT’s District 12 and Bill Kovatch, District 12 construction engineer.
If no reconstruction work is done this year, Faieta said College will be patched.
Delaying the work will increase the constructions costs of the project. Faieta said PennDOT still plans on bidding the second phase of the project planned for the area of Highland and Ridge avenues in November. That work is also slated to be done next year.
Work on Lincoln Street has switched to the right side of the road. Daylight closures should occur during the next few weeks in the blocks between East Maiden and East Wheeling Street and from East Wheeling to East Beau Street.
“We’ll skip over the intersections and come back and do those,” Faieta said.
City police will assist when the intersections are closed.
Faieta said the work on Lincoln is about two weeks behind schedule.
The construction engineer hopes to enlist the help of state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, to encourage West Penn Power and Verizon to expedite moving several utility poles in that area.
“It is affecting our ability to complete the sidewalk and handicap curb ramps,” Faieta said.