Paving

Stambaugh Avenue milling and paving project is set to begin Monday. The road will be worked on from Division Street in Sharon southbound to Union streets in Farrell. The project is a joint venture between the cities of Farrell and Sharon.

SHARON, FARRELL – The Stambaugh Avenue milling and paving project is set to begin first thing Monday morning.

After more than a year of planning by Farrell city officials, Sharon City Council in May agreed to participate in the paving project on Stambaugh Avenue that runs from Division Street in Sharon southbound to Union Street in Farrell. Half of the project area is in Sharon, and the other half is Farrell’s property.

Sharon and Farrell contracted with Butch and McCree Paving Inc., Hillsville, to pave that portion of the street and to and landscape the intersection of Division Street and Stambaugh Avenue. Cost of the contract is about $55,000 for each city.

“This road is a gateway into Farrell, and I can understand why they (the city of Farrell) are eager to do it,” Sharon Manager Bob Fiscus said in May.

In September, when the issue came up at a council meeting, Sharon Councilman Bob Lucas said something needs to be done with the road.

“That road is probably the worst road in Sharon,” Lucas said.

Farrell Manager Mike Ceci said the entire project will cost about $108,000. Work will begin at about 7 a.m.

Officials from both municipalities met last year to discuss improving the intersection following Stambaugh south to Idaho Street.

Farrell initiated and researched the project. The city then went on to orchestrate the particulars, even offering to pay for the entire project up front.

Farrell asked Sharon to pay its half back in September, but Sharon council decided that it would be more prudent to give Farrell an answer after passing its 2019 budget at the end of October.

Ceci said Farrell will use its state liquid fuels money, which is the municipality’s share of Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax, to pay for the project. Liquid fuels funds can be used for road-related expenditures.

Ceci said the city usually has about $100,000 left over for paving once streetlight, electricity and road salt bills are paid. Specifications and bidding processes were carried out by PennDOT engineers.

Farrell also plans to clean and install new curbing by the “Welcome to Farrell” sign next to Division and Stambaugh, and remove an outdated traffic signal pole.

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