By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
Kirilia Contractors will be sending workers and equipment to Sharon on Monday to begin replacing the surface of Stambaugh Avenue from Connelly Boulevard to Division Street.
Kirila botched the $850,000 project in 2010 because, PennDOT said, the Brookfield-based road builder used “deficient” asphalt that failed to meet quality standards when it was tested at the end of the job.
Dunbar Asphalt Products Inc. of Wheatland supplied the material.
PennDOT paid for the road reconstruction using federal stimulus funds.
City Manager Scott Andrejchak said PennDOT ordered Kirila to “remove and replace” the top 1è inches of asphalt from the “wearing course” of the paving, estimating the length of the job at “several weeks.”
Under the original contract, paving the wearing course cost $101,000.
Kirila will be doing the work at its own expense.
Drivers should “expect some traffic delays but I don’t think it will be tied up that long,” he said of the artery that links the south side of Sharon with the rest of the city.
The Herald asked Kirila for the finish date but did not receive a response from David Kirila.
Andrejchak acknowledged the return of some inconvenience after months of delays during initial construction but he found a bright spot for drivers who use the road.
“We learned about the deficiencies in October 2011 so we got an extra winter out of that road,” he said. “It worked out and we’ll have a road that meets the standards.