Milling, paving work reaches Liberty Street

Times Observer photo by Stacey Gross Crews began paving on Liberty Street on Tuesday.

The ongoing milling and paving project made its way to Liberty Street this week.

The project is being completed this spring but was begun last year. Twelve of the city’s streets are seeing improvements this spring, with Liberty Street in downtown Warren being the street with the biggest impact to daily movement through town.

Milling began on Thursday, May 10 and paving is following this week. Crews milled Liberty Street on Monday and began paving it Tuesday morning. At first, said Director of Public Works Mike Holtz, it looked as though the weather may not let the show go on. But the morning’s rain cleared up early and crews were able to begin again.

Part of the reason Liberty Street was included in the 2017 Milling and Overlay project, said Holtz, was that they wanted to get it back to its best possible condition after the streetscape project finished up there last year. “One of the reasons we chose to have (Liberty) resurfaced was to clean up the work from streetscape.” Crews will return to Liberty Street on Monday, May 21 to topcoat and that will be the end of the roadwork there, said Holtz.

“We just want to thank all the residents for being patient,” Holtz added. “We know it was some inconvenience but we tried to make it as temporary as possible, and it’ll be good when it’s done. It’s a permanent improvement.”