The first phase of streetscape in the Youngsville Borough is fast approaching.
Youngsville Borough and Revitalization of Youngsville (ROY) are about to see approximately eight years of planning and fundraising efforts come to fruition.
A construction administration contract with EG&G Inc., the engineering firm on the project, is awaiting council signatures, and notice to proceed was sent to project contractor M&B Services two weeks ago and work is tentatively scheduled to begin.
"This company is ready to roll," Acting Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg told borough council Monday. "They want to get in and start this thing, which is what we want them to do and what we need them to do financially."
Phase I of the project will see improvement of Railroad Street from Route 6 to East Main Street.
According to Joanne Oviatt of ROY, plans include a ceremonial entrance comprised of two curving stone walls that "lead visitors into town." The entrance will include bronze lettering and steel silhouettes.
New streetlighting will be installed, but expect a break in style from other regional streetscape projects.
"Since most of the existing buildings are not Victorian in style," Oviatt said, "Youngsville has opted not to use the acorn style lights."
Instead, the borough will have shaded lanterns attached to shepherd-hook lamp posts and use energy efficient bulbs.
New sidewalks will be put in place featuring brick trim and detectable warning mats in brick red. Detectable warning mats are the pads at curb cuts featuring raised bumps.
A brick crosswalk at the intersection of Railroad Street and Route 6 featuring updated crossing lights will also be installed.
The borough is also taking the opportunity to do some capital improvement work along Railroad Street while construction is underway. Waterline work is planned; as are storm sewer laterals, catch basins and gutters.
Work will necessitate street resurfacing and new driveway aprons and curbs.
Finishing touches are slated to include tree and landscape work, street furnishings, trash receptacles and bollards.