Vandergrift finally gets to move on its 2018 paving projects |
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Although the calendar says 2019, Vandergrift is still working on its 2018 paving program.

Money from the federal Community Development Block Grant program didn’t arrive until mid-November, after the hot asphalt facilities closed for the winter.

The borough will seek new contract bids on paving and, if Punxsutawney Phil is right and spring comes early, the borough would want to start paving as soon as possible.

Here are the streets on the paving list:

  • Hawthorne Street from Longfellow Street to 28th Street;
  • 34th Street from Bryant Street to 29th Street and from Wallace Street to Hancock Avenue;
  • 27th Street from Hancock to Longfellow;
  • 26th Street from Hawthorne to Wallace;
  • Bryant from Hancock to Poe Street;
  • Poe from Bryant to Holmes;
  • Longfellow Street Ext. from Longfellow to house No. 807;
  • Whittier Street from Wallace to Howell Street.

The Oregon Avenue paving project is on hold for now because the borough is waiting for approval on issues such as environmental impact.

Bid will be sought separately for Oregon once approvals are granted.

Officials from the borough and from Peoples Natural Gas will meet on Wednesday to coordinate paving work with pipeline replacements in order to avoid having the gas company dig up a freshly-paved street.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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