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Ford Street revamp is on hold

| Tuesday, April 23, 2002

FORD CITY - Even though the borough has been awarded $55,000 in county grant money for street repairs, much needed major work on Ford Street will have to wait until next year.

Councilman Homer Pendleton said that's because the grant isn't available until the end of 2002.

For now the borough will be content to make some minor repairs to the areas of broken curbs and asphalt patched brick paving along its main business district thoroughfare.

The repair work will be paid for out of the borough's liquid fuels funds.

The borough is in the process of deciding if the paving of the street will be done with bricks or asphalt. Last week a representative of a brick paving company did a study of the street and gave council members some options and costs.

Council president Dan Cousins said the street improvements were discussed at a special public meeting following the paving company's visit.

Options include reusing many of the existing bricks and matching those bricks with new ones to complete the paving project.

Another is a smaller thinner layer of bricks over blacktop paving.

"That's a money saving idea," said Cousins of the latter option.

The borough can still pave the street using just asphalt although council has said it likes maintaining the brick look.

All paving options include revamping the streets curbs.

Cousins wants to get the minor repairs, especially to curbs, completed as soon as possible.

"These are safety type issues needing addressed," said Cousins. "The streets are still going to look bad."

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