Four streets slated for re­hab

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Pre­lim­i­nary work has started to ren­o­vate four streets in Cen­tre­ville, cost­ing a to­tal of $5 mil­lion and tak­ing 18 months to com­plete.

Less than two weeks ago, the con­trac­tor started re­mov­ing old con­crete at the Wharf park, said Steve Walls, Cen­tre­ville town man­ager. Re­moval of the con­crete, which was part of old fer­til­izer fa­cil­ity, is nec­es­sary to make room for fill dirt com­ing from later phases of the street ren­o­va­tion.

When the fill dirt is moved to the park, grass will be planted to make the park for at­trac­tive. “We want a park that’s dirt and grass,” Wall said.

Work for the main part of the project will start around Tues­day, Nov. 1. The con­trac­tor is Re­tal­lack and Sons of Eas­ton.

In gen­eral, the street work will in­clude re­plac­ing wa­ter and sewer lines, re­plac­ing some side­walks and some stormwa­ter work on Kid­well Av­enue, Brown Street, Happy Lady Lane and Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue, Walls said.

The util­i­ties un­der those streets are old and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and need re­plac­ing, he said.

There might be tem­po­rary clo­sures of the streets when the work be­gins, but no­body in the homes will be re­lo­cated, he said. At the end of the project, all those streets will be paved with as­phalt, he added.

No wa­ter and waste­water rate hike is nec­es­sary for the project, which is fi­nanced through a bond is­sue, he said.

When reached for com­ment, Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler said the project is needed be­cause the un­der­ground pipes are very old and need re­plac­ing on those streets, which re­quires a lot of con­struc­tion work.

Con­struc­tion crews will have to go down an average of seven feet to get to the wa­ter and waste­water pipes and then get to the pipes that hook up to the homes, he said.

Crews may also have to dig up and re­move ce­ment once used to cover the streets in the past. Sigler knows that Kid­well Av­enue has some ce­ment cov­er­ing that must be re­moved, but he’s not sure about the other streets.

It’s best to do the un­der­ground work ev­ery time the town resur­faces a street, said Sigler, so the town doesn’t have to go back and dig up the street for util­i­ties.

“It’s not cheap,” Sigler said.


Con­struc­tion crews are at Wharf park in Cen­tre­ville this week, do­ing pre­lim­i­nary work for a four street ren­o­va­tion later on.

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