Four streets slated for rehab
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.