Kittanning Side-Street Paving Project Begins

ADA ramps were being installed yesterday at the corner of Arch and North McKean streets.

KITTANNING – The long-awaited project of milling and paving side-streets in Kittanning began Monday night and will continue for the next two weeks.

Contractors held off until after the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival to move in equipment and begin the process of milling down the old pavement to the base layer that shows the old brick street from the 1800’s in many places. Once milled, repairs will be made to the base of the street before applying the first coat of asphalt, and then finally the top coat.

The paving crew works 6PM until 6AM. During the day, contractors install curb cuts for ADA ramps at locations specified by PennDOT.

At Monday night’s council meeting, Councilman David Croyle voiced concerns that there were not sufficient ADA ramps installed at some of the alleys. Armstrong County Planning and Development Project Manager Sally Conkin said it would be addressed.

The streets under reconstruction include:
* South Grant Street from Market Street south 300 feet
* North McKean Street from Market Street North to Arch Street
* South McKean Street from Market Street South to Jacob Street
* North Jefferson Street from Market Street north to Arch Street
* South Jefferson Street from Market Street south to Jacob Street
* South Jefferson Street from Jacob Street south to Mulberry Street
* Mill and pave parking lot located along South Jefferson Street between Market Street and Jacob Street

“No Parking” cones alert motorists to which section is being done each night. Drivers will have to find alternate places to park during that time.

This $545,016 local streetscape project is being constructed by Shields Asphalt Paving, Inc., and is expected to be completed in early September.