Y’ville Streetscape on schedule, still under budget

Streetscape work in Youngsville is moving ahead and is still slightly under budget.

Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg provided an update at Monday’s borough council meeting.

“We are 25.3 percent through the Streetscape project as of June 30,” she said. “The money has started flowing from Pennsylvania to us. The contractor has been paid for three of seven invoices.”

Hagberg explained that the project has “run into a few snags. Most of them have been easy to handle because we have a great inspector, Dave Raybuck, a great problem solver. (He has) been good at guiding us to make good decisions.”

She said all of the underground work is done and work has shifted to “aesthetics,” explaining that “it will probably be October before they really have it buttoned up.”

Hagberg said that some work could carry over into the spring.

Councilman Eric Mineweaser asked if the work was scheduled to be completed on time.

“They are,” Hagberg said, noting progress meetings are held every two weeks. “PennDOT is very hard on them (contractors) about that. They fell behind by two weeks but were told they have to be caught up by July 17.”

Mineweaser also asked if the project is in budget.

Hagberg explained that the project is currently $600 below expected costs, but electrical work, which could cut into that difference, has yet to be completed. “If we have problems, that will be where they are,” she said.

Phase I of the project, currently underway, will see improvement of Railroad Street from Route 6 to E. Main Street.

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.

Youngsville Borough was awarded $120,000 by the Northwest Rural Transportation organization for Streetscape improvements along Railroad Street in June in addition to $1 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the Revitalization and Economic Redevelopment Enhancement Plan in January 2011.