College Street work on schedule

June 18, 2013
Construction work continues on College Street, near East Wheeling Street, in Washington Tuesday. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The assistant construction engineer in charge of the project on College Street in Washington said Tuesday that it is “on schedule” and work between Highland Avenue and East Maiden Street should be ready to switch from the left lane to right lane in the middle of July.

“Although you can say the revised schedule is on track since the work was really supposed to be done last year,” said Scott Faieta, assistant construction engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

The work on College Street started in March. It is part of a project to rebuild the Route 19 corridor around Washington & Jefferson College that included rebuilding Lincoln Street, which was done last year. College also was to have been done in 2012, but delays in moving the water line forced PennDOT to postpone the work.

Faieta said that some drainage work is being done on the left side of College. Work is also being done on curbs and sidewalks. Faieta was to meet with Columbia Gas Co. representatives Tuesday to discuss a line near the East Beau Street intersection that may conflict with some of the drainage work.

Most of the drainage work is being done on the left side of the street. When work switches to the right, Faieta said there will be less of that type work but more extensive sidewalk construction.

Jaison Cox of Trumbull Corp., the firm working with PennDOT on the project, said that most of the traffic on College seems to be local.

“I think drivers are staying away from College and using other local routes,” Faieta said. “And we’ve been sending out the weekly closures, which helps.”

Work on College, including planting new trees on the side closest to the college campus, is expected to be done by the end of October.

Work on the next phase of the Route 19 corridor project is expected to start later this year and continue into 2014. No firm starting date has been given for the phase that includes the reconstruction of Murtland, Ridge and Highland avenues and realigning the intersection of Locust and Highland avenues.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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