The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

March 25, 2014

Architect hired to design parking lot rehab project

HERMITAGE — Hermitage School Board on Monday hired an architectural firm to help undo the damage Mother Nature has inflicted on district parking lots.

“It looks like we’ve taken mortars,” Superintendent Dr. Daniel Bell said of the lots at Hickory High School and the elementary-middle school-administration complex.

He as referring to the deterioration caused by the winter’s cold spells and current warming trend.

“I’ve never seen a parking lot come undone as quickly as this one,” Bell said.

HHSDR Architects/Engineers, Sharon, was hired to develop the specifications for the project that will be advertised for bid this spring.

The project will not consist of a full-scale repaving, instead focusing on areas of substantial wear. In some sections, deteriorating asphalt will be removed down to the stone base, and base will be replaced or reinforced as necessary, according to HHSDR’s proposal. Drainage and slope problems also will be corrected.

Areas that are in good shape might only be oiled to prevent cracks.

School maintenance workers will patch holes the rest of the school year as needed, while the construction will be done over the summer.

Officials estimate the work will cost about $325,000.

HHSDR will be paid $29,000.

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