By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
Sharon’s downtown Streetscape project is entering the home stretch with the end of construction in sight.
The pace of the $1.1 million project will be picking up as workers for S.E.T Inc., Lowellville, Ohio, upgrade lighting and sidewalks between Sharpsville and South Irvine avenues.
City council on Thursday approved two scheduled payments totaling $94,000 for recently completed work including tree removal, concrete work and installation of light posts. That raises to $213,000 payments for work finished so far, said City Manager Scott Andrejchak.
“Everything is on schedule and the pace of work will pick up,” he said. “You’ll see all the poles and lights installed. Except for tree planting that has to wait until fall, the work will be substantially finished by the end of August.”
The 80-watt, light-emitting diodes will brighten the downtown considerably, he said, adding that LED luminaries last years longer and use far less electricity than old-technology streetlights.
Construction costs are covered by two state grants, $805,000 from PennDOT and $300,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
The city’s costs are $165,000 for design and inspection of construction as work is finished.
Council on Thursday approved borrowing that money from the state at 1.6 percent interest from Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.
“The state is paying for all the construction,” Andrejchak said. “We’re really happy about that.”