SHARON – Crews have completed the first phase of a paving project more than a year in the works.

Sharon City Manager Bob Fiscus said workers have paved and sealed Forker Boulevard, Thornton Avenue, Alcoma and Pearl streets, Dougherty Avenue, McDowell Street and Fairfield Drive. 

Funding for the $948,000 project comes from a 2016 PennDOT Multimodal Transportation grant for $663,000 and matching funds from the city for about $285,000. Kirila Contractors Inc. of Brookfield performed the work. Kirila is also working on the East State Street milling and paving project.

Fiscus said he has heard complaints about curbs in some parts of the work area.

“We have an issue with curbing, where the curbing has deteriorated or in a lot of cases is just uneven,” Fiscus said.

Parts of the curbing are flush with the street or, in some cases, the curbs are higher but uneven, Fiscus said.

City councilwoman Molly Bundrant asked if the contractors milled down far enough.

“They took an inch and a half off and put an inch and a half back on,” Fiscus said. “The curbing was not a part of the project, which would be ideal but it’s not cost effective.”

Bundrant questioned if it was true that the contractors milled down that far. Fiscus said there is no way to know for sure but that city officials will be aware of the issues for the paving project’s second phase.

“They’re not going to do it for free,” Fiscus said of expanding the project scope to include curb repairs. “It’s not that they’re damaging the curbs. It’s that the curbs are very old.”

Fiscus said that the only way the curbing would be fixed is if residents did it themselves.

“We’re not going to mandate anyone to fix curbs,” Fiscus said. “It is about $80 a foot to fix curbs, and that was never included in the Multimodal grant. If we were to do curbing, we’d have to do less paving.”

The next phase of paving, dubbed Multimodal Phase two, will cover Ashton and Yahres roads; Bechtol, Bon Air and Hadley Drive; Euclid and Hall avenues; and Fisher Hill, Isabella, North and South Pine and Tamplin streets. Funding for that $1,172,000 project is funded by a Multimodal Transportation grant for $820,000 and matching funds from the city for about $350,000.

Phase one is completely finished. Phase two is going out to bid and is scheduled to be finished this fall. 

Phase three will cross over to the south side of East State Street and is scheduled to be finished by fall 2020.

“The goal for the Multimodal grants is to improve driving surfaces in the city,” Fiscus said.

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