Street reconstruction starts Monday ahead of detour next spring

By MARK MARONEY

mmaroney@sungazette.com

Work begins Monday on a street detour to be used when a multi-year reconstruction project occurs on West Fourth Street starting in the spring.

A $1.1 million resurfacing project is set to begin Monday impacting areas of West Third, Rose Street, Trenton Avenue and Wahoo Drive, said David Thompson, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

West Fourth Street in the spring of 2017 will begin to be milled and repaved in sections between Route 15 to the entrance of Williamsport Area High School, he said. That’s largely West Fourth in the city’s Newberry section.

Officials at City Hall have been briefed on the project.

Construction begins Monday with contractor HRI Inc. starting base repair on West Third Street, between Arch and Rose streets, said John Grado, city engineer.

“The company will be digging up the bad sections and restoring it with asphalt base repair material, and traffic will be maintained,” Grado said.

The contractor’s milling and paving work is expected to take place the week of Aug. 8.

When that work is completed, the contractor will be on Rose Street between West Fourth and West Third streets. That portion of the work also includes the installation of curb ramps at the intersection of West Third and Rose streets.

The work moves onto Trenton Avenue during the week of Aug. 18, with contractors stopping for a break and returning Sept. 6 through Sept. 20.

Work on Trenton Avenue includes base repair, drainage improvement, replacement of railroad crossings and reconstruction of the roadway on a new alignment, Thompson said.

Meanwhile, gas mains continue to be replaced at a feverish pace causing traffic delays, including one at the heart of the city at Hepburn and West Fourth streets this past week.

“Gas main replacements are taking place on West Fourth Street, in areas between Hepburn Street to Locust Street,” and Second Street, between Maynard and Walnut streets, Grado said.

PennDOT has been working closely with UGI, according to Thompson.

“We’re coordinating all work with utility companies,” he said. “We coordinate our projects with the local utility companies and if there’s a project that will open up pavement we will coordinate with water and sewer authorities to make sure if they have anything pending.”

On Monday, expect the gas company’s contractor to be on Edwin Street, between Hepburn and Elmira streets, said Dave Columbine, city public improvement coordinator.

“We want them to be finished with work on West Fourth Street in time for the Grand Slam Parade and opening of the Little League World Series,” Columbine said.

Gas mains also are getting replaced next week on Second Street, between Walnut and Maynard streets and on Lycoming Street, between Edwin and Fonda streets.

City Councilman N. Clifford “Skip” Smith, chairman of the city public works committee, said to get the latest updates he has asked for meetings with the state and utilities.

“We’ve met at least twice with PennDOT and UGI and will hold additional meetings to alert the public as these projects continue,” he said.