The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 6, 2014

Paving mostly to be chip sealing

SHARON — Residents in some Sharon neighborhoods will be seeing some of their streets get new surfaces later this summer.

City Manager Scott Andrejchak said he put together a list of roads in consultation with council for the resurfacing program that will rely mostly on chip sealing, an application of liquid asphalt and crushed limestone to stretch the city’s limited budget for street repair.

Sections of streets around the city are on the paving list but it concentrates on those in the blocks around the former Wengler School on the east side of Sharon.

“They were all in about the same condition and most of them around the old school have fairly light traffic,” Andrejchak said. “We know if we don’t do some maintenance now, they’d have to be milled and paved later at much higher cost.”

Council President Ed Palanski said chip sealing costs about about 25 percent as much as milling and paving. The process is a good choice for streets that carry less traffic than main streets in the city, he said.

Streets to receive chip sealing on selected sections are:

McDowell, Service, Crowder, March, Charles, Elm, Boyd, King, Leslie, Ormond, Wengler, George and George extension, Clover, Plum, Haig, Spencer, and Federal.

The city also will be milling and paving Sterling Avenue between Budd Street and Connelly Boulevard. Community Development Block Grant funds will pay for that work.

Contractors’ bids will be opened June 19. Streets might have to be trimmed from the list if costs come in higher than the $75,000 in the budget, Andrejchak said.

After bids are reviewed and contracts are awarded, work should begin late next month he said.

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