SHARON — There’s little doubt, a roundabout is destined for Sharon.
PennDOT has given the green light for the project at the intersection of Connelly Boulevard and South Dock Street, Sharon City Manager Scott Andrejchak said Wednesday.
After PennDOT held public meetings on the issue earlier this year, most of the comments on the roundabout were generally positive, Andrejchak noted.
“My expectation is we’re getting a roundabout,’’ he said. “Is it a done deal? We are told, ‘Yes, it is.’ But I’ve been doing this long enough to know that nothing is a done deal.’’
PennDOT planners have already begun to notify property owners at the intersection, including The Herald, that easements will be sought to create the roundabout. Construction is set to begin in 2015 with a 2016 completion date.
A building at the southwest corner of the intersection that housed the former Sharon Meat Packing Co. will be demolished to make way for the project. That building would have been leveled even if the traditional four-way intersection remained because the road upgrade calls to give motorists a better line of view, PennDOT said. Gaining site control of all the land needed for the project will probably run through next year, Andrejchak said.
A major factor for the roundabout at the Sharon location is part of an overall plan to improve the attractiveness of the road, best known as the Broadway corridor, which stretches from East State Street to the Interstate 376 corridor at the Hermitage-Shenango Township border.
The roundabout is part of a $15.7 million road improvement project that will stretch from Roemer Boulevard in Farrell to Connelly in Sharon. The project will begin at Roemer, where PennDOT finished this year’s phase of the long-term project. Improvement in this final phase will mirror what was recently completed on the southern section, including new sidewalks and widening the road to add a third, turning lane.