Torrence St. project moves forward

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street sewer replacement project was 40 percent complete as of Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting.
Committee Chairman Roger Steele said there are three phases of work that will take place on Torrence Street. The first phase is the sewer replacement project, which has nothing to do with the ATA Terminal building project.

The second phase, widening Torrence Street, is scheduled to begin April 1, Steele said, adding that the sewer replacement project will conclude Friday.

Torrence Street will become a two-way boulevard and tie into the Pine Street intersection PennDOT improvement project, Steele said.
The contractor for the sewer replacement project is Terra Works, with a total cost of $47,900, to run the new sewer line from Pine Alley to Jefferson Street.

Also Tuesday:
• Steele said the committee doesn’t have a complete list of streets to be paved this year, and is concerned about how large state budget cuts for liquid fuel tax monies will be.

Currently, the streets scheduled to be paved are Highland Avenue from Blair to the end; Sutton Street from Mitchell to Sycamore; Walnut Alley from Mulberry to Route 119; and the last portion of Horatio Street.
“If we have money left over from those paving projects, then we might look into opportunities to pave more streets,” Steele said.

Borough Manager Ben White said he is working with PennDOT this week on how many curb ramps will need to be constructed on those streets.

White said depending on the cost of the handicapped ramps, all four of those streets may not be paved this year.

The borough has budgeted $85,000 for street paving this year.

• Steele said Highland Avenue will be paved this year with assistance from the Pennsylvania American Water Company, which replaced some water lines last year and offered to partner with the borough to repave the street.

• White said the Army Corps of Engineers will be in Punxsy March 30 to examine an inspection report on the Mahoning Creek dike.

• A job opening at the sewage treatment plant has been filled by a Public Works employee. That person’s vacant position on Public Works has been posted.

• The committee discussed possibly paving one of the two remaining brick streets in the borough, Grace Way and Dinsmore Avenue.

Steele asked Public Works to see if something can be done with the entrance to Dinsmore, which has rough pavement leading up to the bricks.
White said the borough could look into paving Grace Way this year due to the heavy truck traffic that travels to Water Street and the sewage treatment plant.

The best way to pave a brick street is to completely remove the bricks, fill the space and then pave it, Steele said.

White said the alternative is to pave over the bricks directly, which first requires placing matting over the bricks so the asphalt will hold.

Council President Susan Glessner said that perhaps at the same time, the borough could widen Grace Way if the road is paved.