Section of Sharon's State Street reopens to 2-way traffic

MICHAEL ROKNICK | HeraldTwo-way traffic flows again on the newly rebuilt East State Street near Sharon Regional Health System. A remaining segment from Stambaugh Avenue east to Forker Boulevard is expected to reopen Friday.

SHARON – A portion of East State Street in Sharon has reopened to two-way traffic.

Drivers traveling from downtown Sharon can now travel in both directions between Oakland and Stambaugh avenues.

PennDOT spokeswoman Jill Harry said the remainder of the road project, from Stambaugh Avenue to Forker Boulevard, should be open sometime Friday.

“We’re battling the weather to get the remainder of the street opened on Friday,” Harry said. “People will still see lane closures from time to time.”

The temporary closures will be necessary while construction workers finish tasks like painting crosswalks, she said. For the most part, though, Friday will mark the end of more than a year of travel restrictions.

For more than a year, one lane of East State Street has been closed between Daffin’s at Oakland Avenue and Forker Boulevard near Sharon High School.

During the project, only westbound traffic has been allowed, while eastbound drivers have been sent to a detour that runs through Sharpsville and Hermitage before rejoining East State Street at North Buhl Farm Drive.

The State Street Streetscape project involved rebuilding the road, replacing sidewalks and curbs and moving some utilities. The total cost was more than $5.7 million.

The Hermitage end of the project involved replacing a small bridge near Wick Avenue, paving and some sidewalk and curb work. The cost was more than $4.5 million. The road has been paved in Hermitage from the Sharon line to Hermitage Road near the Shenango Valley Mall.

Kirila Contractors Inc., of Brookfield, Ohio, are the contractors for both projects. Kirila also did the Sharon roundabout and secured the contract for next year’s Hermitage roundabout project.

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