Despite weather, Y’ville street work progressing

Neither rain nor snow nor dead of night…

After a variety of weather-related problems, Railroad Street in Youngsville should be repaired and ready for two-lane traffic by next week.

As part of the Youngsville Streetscape Project, a new 8-inch ductile pipe water main was installed beneath Railroad Street and connected to four adjacent properties, according to Job Superintendent Nathan Thompson of M&B Concrete Construction Services of Clarion.

“The water main’s in and tight,” Thompson said. “We just finished the storm drain down to the manhole. I’m hoping by the end of the week we’ll have the road repair done.”

The water main work was done at night to keep Railroad Street open during the day. Thompson said a crew worked on the walls at the junction of Railroad and Route 6 during the day and another group of workers handled the water main from 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Both lanes of the road will be open when repairs from the work have been completed. “We’ll have cones up (along the sides of the road adjacent to work areas) but we won’t be blocking and we won’t have flaggers,” Thompson said.

The next phase of the project includes the installation of new sidewalks, curbs, and pavers. Landscaping will follow.

A subcontractor will mill and pave the street. “By the first snow, we should be in good shape,” Thompson said.

The job must be wrapped up by October 2014.

The work has been slowed by both unfavorable weather and the presence of unmarked underground lines and wires, Thompson said.

A month after starting the project on April 5, there was a snowstorm so severe workers were sent home. In the last two weeks alone, the company has been unable to work for all or portions of six days. With all the setbacks, “we missed a scheduled deadline on the underground by one day,” Thompson said.

He cited the cooperation from borough officials as one of the reasons the company has remained so close to schedule. “(Borough Manager) Lisa (Hagberg) and (Public Works Foreman) Earl (Wilcox) have been super to us. The borough’s been great.”