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Torrence project moving along well

April 14, 2011

The Torrence Street widening project is in full swing as workers for Palo Construction install a storm sewer that will run down the middle of the new two-way street. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Brian Sekula, borough engineer from The EADS Group in Clarion, reported Monday that the Torrence Street widening project is going well, as the alley that runs between North Findley Street and North Jefferson Street is being widened with grant funding from PennDOT.
Public Works Committee Chairman Roger Steele asked about the drainage system for the Torrence project.

Sekula said Palo Construction is upgrading the existing drainage system that ran through the center of the alley.

In a normal crown of a road, the water would be pushed off to the sides and drain off onto nearby property, Sekula said. But PennDOT approved the use of an inverse crown, which allows the water on Torrence to flow to the center of the road.

Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner asked about the borough restricting truck traffic on Torrence once the project is complete. Steele said the weight limit on that road must be adjusted before the signage is replaced.

When the widening of Torrence is completed, the road will be 30 feet wide, Sekula said.

In other projects:
• Sekula said he is in the process of revising the design for the proposed West Mahoning Street storm sewer project on the south side of Route 36 to the curb line, placing the sewer project in the PennDOT right-of-way.

PennDOT advised the borough that select trench backfill and a maintenance bond on the road work, will be required, Sekula said, adding that the Buffalo & Pittsburgh (B&P) Railroad permit application will also have to be revised.

Sekula said a bid date will be projected upon the two permits being issued.

Borough Manager Ben White said there is a large amount of infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in the area near the railroad trestle, and asked if the project will be put out for bid during this construction season.

Sekula said he was hopeful that it will, but he has yet to receive the first permit from B&P after it was requested almost a year ago.

“When we revise this project, hopefully, we can get them moving,” Sekula said, adding that PennDOT typically turns a permit around in about 30 days, and he hopes to put it out to bid by the end of summer. That depends on how some of these paperwork issues turn out.

• Sekula said the Torrence Street sanitary sewer project was completed, but he had not received the final invoice on the project.

• White reported on Grace Way, which has one of the two remaining brick streets in the borough.

Steele said the borough isn’t looking to completely repave the short road that leads to Water Street and the sewage treatment plant, but instead wants to improve the radius so trucks can make the turn onto Water Street without making the sharp cut that is damaging the asphalt.
White said parking would have to be eliminated near that turn to allow for a larger turning radius at the intersection.

Also Monday, council reviewed and approved the 2011 street paving bids.
• Liquid Fuels Street Paving — New Enterprise Stone & Lime, New Enterprise, was the low bidder for street paving at $102,446.80. The high bidder was Jefferson Paving Corp., Brookville at $141,196.80.
The streets scheduled to be paved — depending on how high or low the bids came in — are Highland Avenue from Blair to the end of the street; Sutton Street, from Mitchell to Sycamore; Walnut Alley, from Mulberry to Route 119; and the last portion of Horatio Street.

The borough prioritized paving Highland Avenue and Cherry Street, with a portion of the paving to be paid by the Pennsylvania American Water Company due to waterline construction last year.

• CDBG Paving — New Enterprise Stone & Lime, New Enterprise, was the low bidder at $91,582.20. Glenn O. Hawbaker, DuBois, was the high bidder at $103,643.50.

Pine Street from Mitchell Avenue to Sutton Street and street improvements on a portion of Park Avenue will be paved with CDBG grant funding.

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