Bumpy ride

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said Thursday he wants to see $1 million invested in street paving and repairs, beginning in the fall.

Campana said the city budget has $500,000 available for 14 streets, but he will ask City Council next week to consider a proposal to restructure short-term city debt to pay for additional work on 11 more streets.

Natural gas-impact fees, made available through Act 13, will be used in the plan as well as state and federal grant funding, he said. To refinance debt, the city will try to drop interest rates from 4.8 percent to 3 percent.

“I’ve heard from the citizens who want to see improved streets,” Campana said at a Thursday afternoon news conference held at West Third and Arch streets.

The refinancing proposal also will be used to pay for improvements to Bowman Field and East End Pool, but it was the street surfaces on which Campana focused his attention.

The Reach Road Industrial Park access, from Catawissa Avenue to the western terminus of the park, will be among the streets to be paved.

“We need to retain and add jobs as needed,” Campana said of the reason behind improving the industrial park corridor.

John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development, said federal funds of about $1 million are being sought to complete Reach Road. The city will work closely with the Lycoming County commissioners and Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to make it happen, he said.

Streets that can be paid for using the existing funds include:

Federal and Trenton avenues;

West Third from Grier to Park streets;

Basin Street, from East Third to East Fourth streets;

West Edwin Street, from Hepburn to Locust streets;

Sherman Street, from East Third Street to Washington Boulevard;

Penn Street, from East Third Street to Washington Boulevard;

Court Street, from Sixth to Seventh streets; and

Grafius Street, from Market to Hepburn streets.

Streets to be repaired using liquid fuels and gas impact fees include:

Newberry Street, from Arch Street to Moore Avenue;

Fairview Avenue, from Market to Packer streets;

Hepburn Street, from Eldred Street to Huffman Avenue and from Huffman Avenue to Huffman Street;

Lyons Avenue, from Franklin to Penn streets; and

Hughes Street, from Elizabeth to Franklin streets.

Brick repair work will be done on Fifth Avenue and Rural Avenue, Grado said.

The additional streets under consideration are:

Park Avenue, from Campbell Street to Fourth Avenue;

West Edwin Street, from Locust to Campbell streets;

Penn Street, from Church to East Third streets;

Fourth Avenue, from Louisa to High streets;

Court Street, from West Third to North streets;

Brandon Avenue, from Walnut to Locust streets;

Sherman Street, from Sheridan Street to Shaw Place; and

Hughes Street, from Franklin to Penn streets.

Most of the work will involved milling the surface, overlaying with paving and curb repair, Grado said.

In addition, work on West Third Street, from Grier to Park streets, will include excavating rails beneath the surface, Grado added.