Slow progress upsets councilman

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette New sidewalks are under construction at the corner of Maynard and West Third streets Tuesday afternoon.

A city councilman on Tuesday complained about the slow pace of work being done at Maynard Street, leading to a discussion with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana afterward.

“We were told they’d be done in October,” Councilman Clifford “Skip” Smith, committee chairman, said.

Present at the meeting were Councilman Joel Henderson and Adam Winder, city Streets and Parks general manager.

Smith described conditions as “falling to hell” and said the general contractor has not put down a base coat as promised before winter.

“Maynard Street will not survive the winter,” he said, recalling a few years ago the debacle on Arch Street when a contractor failed to provide a smooth surface over the winter, causing numerous complaints to be registered against the city.

Campana was briefed by his staff after the meeting about the street work.

The project is through state Department of Transportation and is getting done by Tra Electric, general contractor, Campana said.

Additional lighting should be completed by Tuesday. The mill and overlay will be done in the spring, he said.

The project is part of the Pathway to Health, a federally funded improvement to get ambulances quickly to and from UPMC Susquehanna. Among the improvements are period lights and resurfaced streets. The pathway runs east on West Third Street to Campbell Street, to Little League Boulevard and Walnut Street to the hospital campus.

Smith, who recently lost his re-election bid, said even as a taxpayer and someone not on council, he would be upset with the condition of the street.

The street is heavily traveled by students and staff of Pennsylvania College of Technology and leads traffic across the Maynard Street bridge to South Williamsport and DuBoistown.

In one other item, the commission recommended a bill of sale regarding stormwater management assets be tabled — or postponed — because the Williamsport Sanitary Authority has not voted on the transfer yet.