By Mary Spicer
Just when local drivers thought they were getting the hang of navigating the construction zone known as downtown Meadville, even more excitement is being added to the mix. Work under the City of Meadville’s 2013 milling and paving contract is scheduled to begin Monday.
As always, milling — removing the top layer of the existing road surface to expose the road base — will precede paving.
In an attempt to limit disruption to the downtown business district, however, the first round of milling followed by paving will be confined to Hailwood Heights in the city’s north end.
Streets included in the first round of milling include Hailwood, Martha and Cole drives and Wilson, Hartz, Moyer and Forest avenues.
Additional milling locations will be announced at a later date, according to Rick Williams, the city’s development director.
North Street Project update
Northstreetproject.info, the project website for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s ongoing North Street Improvement Project, will be updated today, according to Superintendent Todd Dropik of Joseph McCormick Construction Company Inc., the project’s general contractor.
However, Dropik announced Wednesday that the intersection of Park Avenue and North Street will remain closed until early Saturday morning as crews complete replacement of a 1,200-foot section of Meadville Area Sewer Authority’s main line extending south along Park from the North Street intersection to West Steers Street. The line is being replaced because the section of the current line was discovered to be partially obstructed by solidified matter that could not be removed from the existing line when the manhole at the intersection of Park and North was recently replaced as part of Phase I of the North Street project.
Dropik also announced that Water Street will remain closed between North and Park streets until further notice.
Phase I of the project focuses on the replacement of a Meadville Area Sewer Authority main running 12 feet under North Street between Water and State streets; Phase II, which will begin upon completion of Phase I, will focus on widening turning ratios at selected corners, replacing the existing road surface as well as curbs and sidewalks, and installing new signal lights and decorative lighting.