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Irwin OKs sidewalk replacement project

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A crumbling section of sidewalk in downtown Irwin will be replaced this fall.

Council approved a motion to advertise for bids for the project at its meeting this month.

The portion of sidewalk stretches about four blocks along the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue from Queen of Angels Catholic School on Main Street to Chestnut Street.

“The sidewalks are very old,” borough engineer Lucien Bove said. “The sidewalks are in extremely poor condition.”

A Community Development Block Grant will cover $175,000. Irwin Borough will be responsible for a percentage of the project.

As a requirement for the grant, the project must benefit mostly low- to moderate-income families. Bove said the project is a valuable asset to the residents who live along the nearly three-tenths-of-a-mile stretch.

“It's considered a public improvement project,” he said. “If it wasn't for this money, they'd have to replace it themselves.”

The sidewalks will be narrowed from 8 feet wide to 5 feet.

A grass strip will be put in next to the sidewalk, Bove said.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or adolasinski@tribweb.com.

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