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One PennDOT project ready for 2021

The upcoming construction season is looking like it might be a light one around the county.

Jill Harry, PennDOT press officer, said there is one project that is “definite” in the county in 2021.

That will center on 6.5 miles of Rt. 426 and it’s a fairly comprehensive project — in addition to paving, Harry said stabilization work, tree trimming, guide rails and drainage issues will be addressed.

“(It’s a) relatively large project,” she said. “That is the only thing on the schedule so far for this year that is a definite.”

She noted that the roundabout at the intersection of Market St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in downtown Warren was at one point on the 2021 construction schedule.

“At this point,” she said, “(we are) still expecting to send it out to bid this year.” That would mean that none of the construction would take place until 2022.

Looking several years down the road, she said “quite a few larger investments” will be coming to the county. “It won’t be a high number of projects” bur rather “high-impact” projects.

“This is the time of year, we’re still really pinning exactly what’s going to happen this construction year,” she said. “With the funding that’s been going on, (there) has been more shifting than usual,” though she said some shifting is not unusual as they are “reevaluating plans all the time.”

The City of Warren’s paving schedule for the year isn’t yet clear.

A few roads — including E. Fifth Ave. up to the high school — will be paved via federal funds as they are classified federal aid routes.

City Council had allocated $170,000 from an approved tax increase for paving — above and beyond the city’s typical liquid fuels allocation which is used for paving — but rescinded that action and allocated those funds to the Crescent Park rehabilitation project after a miscommunication during a meeting held on Zoom resulted in a mis-cast vote.

The city is also seeking to utilize federal Community Development Block Grant funds — totaling $460,000 — for improvements to S. South St. including reconstruction of the street as well as curbing and sidewalks, per a legal notice published in Friday’s Times Observer.

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