Street resurfacing and reconstruction theme of mayor’s news conference

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana, left, talks about the completed and upcoming street improvement projects during a press conference with City Engineer Mark Benner, center, and General Manager Streets and Parks Adam Winder, right, on the corner of Jerome Avenue and Penn Street on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 70 streets have been repaved or repaired this construction season throughout Williamsport, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday at Penn Street and Jerome Avenue, the mayor pointed out how the combined investment of the city, Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority contractors and UGI contractors is nearly $1.5 million.

“It’s the largest resurfacing project in the city’s history,” Campana said.

Besides paving work, contractors have added handicapped accessible ramps, curb cuts, curbing and repaired or raised 26 catch basins, according to Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department.

Mark Benner, city engineer, said another 10 streets not originally on the list can be worked on because of he found additional Community Development Block Grants and coordinated the findings with Stephanie Young, director of the city community development department.

Asked why he selected this part of the city’s East End for the conference, Campana said it was where UGI had done a lot of work ripping up the streets to replace gas mains.

In areas where gaslines were replaced, the street has been paved with a half-width of asphalt, Winder said.

“We anticipate that work to be done before the Thanksgiving holiday,” Winder said.

Here is a list given to the Sun-Gazette of 10 streets added for repair by the year’s end: Meade Street, from Sherman to Catherine streets; Elmira Street, from Kramer Court to Brandon Avenue; Rural Avenue, from Elmira Street to Market Street; Dove Street, from McMinn Avenue to Prospect Avenue; Newberry Street, from Wayne Avenue to Clark Street; Cemetery Street, from West Fourth Street to High Street.

Streets the Williamsport Muncipal Water and Sanitary Authority have done or will do include: Arch Street, Funston Avenue, Good Alley and Devon Road.