SHARPSVILLE — Drivers can expect three more paving projects in Sharpsville by early fall.

Sharpsville Borough Council approved contracts last week to pave Mercer Avenue, Forest Lane and the Sharpsville borough building parking lot.

Mercer Avenue will be paved from Shenango Street to Ridge Avenue, a stretch of road that was last paved in 1997. Forest Lane, which starts at Forker Boulevard and leads to a cul-de-sac, will also be paved, said borough Manager Ken Robertson.

“It’s a road that hasn’t been paved in about 30 years,” he said.

Council awarded the Mercer Avenue paving project to Sharpsville-based Sharon Paving and Construction for $94,874.60. Council approved J and T Paving Inc. of Greenville for the Forest Lane paving for $36,502.35, and the borough building parking lot project for $26,024.85.

Robertson said Community Development Block Grant funds will cover the cost of paving Mercer Avenue. Liquid fuels funds, Sharpsville’s share of state gasoline taxes, will pay for the Forest Lane project and the borough will pay for repaving the parking lot.

The Sharpsville borough building, at 1 S. Walnut St., also houses the Sharpsville Police Department. The structure was built in 1983 and originally included only a small parking lot. About half of the current parking lot, from the garbage dumpsters in the middle to the border with Breakfast at Tiffany’s diner next door, was an expansion added in 1987, Robertson said.

Sharpsville officials will make plans to provide alternative parking for borough employees, police officers and residents who visit the borough building during the parking lot paving project. Robertson said those plans could include designating a parking area along the street near Sharpsville’s borough building.

“We’ll make accommodations for everyone,” he said.

Construction on the projects is expected to begin in mid to late September, Robertson said.

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