Reach Road project on City Council’s agenda

City Council plans to review and vote tonight on more than $1 million worth of construction work to improve the Reach Road industrial park corridor.

Included is a funding agreement between the county and city to cover half of the cost of construction of Reach Road continuing improvements and the Fox Hollow Run box culvert extension, according to John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.

“That puts the funding in place for the awarding of the contract to HRI Inc.,” he said. The county is also funding half of the cost of construction and plans to award a contract to the same company to complete another section of the road.

The city has received $330,000 of Appalachian Regional Commission funds for this Reach Road completion project, which includes the section around the Williamsport Post Office and widening the road between Catawissa Avenue and North Reach Road.

Another issue to be voted on is the Bowman Field roof repair project, estimated at about $100,000. Structural problems exist with the wood under the roof, and the contractor is investigating the extent of the damage, according to Councilman Randall J. Allison.

“We won’t know if it is due to improper installation of the shingles that were applied in 2000, which carried a 25-year warranty,” he said.

Rob’s General Contracting, of Shamokin, has submitted a bid of $116,648. Reynolds Construction will determine the cause of the roof shingle failure.

The flood control levee certification process also will be reviewed. Amec Environmental and Infrastructure, the engineering firm doing the work, has one inspection of a cross pipe left to do and one more bore drilling to do. The amount of the contract for all of the work is $290,080.