Traveling on College Street between Highland Avenue and East Maiden Street will not be smooth any time soon, but at least it won’t be quite as bumpy.
Next month, some repairs will be made to smooth out the rough spots and fill in the holes created as part of the work to prepare the street for reconstruction.
College, along with Lincoln Street, was slated to be rebuilt this year as part of the Route 19 corridor project near the Washington & Jefferson College campus.
While work is continuing on Lincoln, College will not be done until next year. The project on College was delayed while the state Department of Transportation waited for word from Pennsylvania American Water Co. as to whether it needed to relocate a water line in an area where drainage pipes were to be installed as part of the road work. Scott Faieta, assistant PennDOT construction manager, said it looks like the water company will be replacing the line on College.
Areas on College that will be repaired have been marked.
“We’ll be doing the work in the next few weeks,” Faieta said. “At the intersections of College and East Beau Street and College and East Chestnut Street, we’ll be paving about 25 feet on each side of the intersection.”
Faieta said the entire street won’t be paved since it will be replaced next year.
“We need to use our funds appropriately,” Faieta said.
Crews from Donegal Construction continue to work on the east side of Lincoln, Faieta said. The drainage work is completed.
Sidewalks and curbs are being done piecemeal as utility companies, including Verizon and West Penn Power, work in that area.
East Maiden Street will not be paved this year, Faieta said.
“We decided to wait until College is done because I don’t want problems matching up the handicapped accessible ramps,” he said, “Some paving will be done, but we won’t put down the final wearing course until 2013. The work will only take a few days next year.
“When this job is complete, it will look nice,” Faieta added. “It will be a big improvement that is long overdue.”
The other phase of the project, from the state police barracks on Murtland Avenue to Highland Avenue, just past College Street, is still slated to go out for bid in November.
Since it is a design/build project, Faieta said he is not sure when that work will start.
“The successful bidder will be given conceptual plans and design the project,” Faieta said.