The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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July 13, 2012

Smoother ride daily for 15G vehicles

Route 45 resurfacing to be done in 2 weeks

LEWISBURG — The month-long resurfacing project down Market Street should be completed in about two weeks, barring any major weather delaying the work, said Borough Manager Chad N. Smith Friday.

Between 12,000 and 15,000 cars a day travel down Market Street, Smith noted. “It was PennDOT that made the decision they needed to resurface the roadway and address some curb cuts.”

Market Street, also known as Route 45, is a PennDOT highway, so state officials had to enter into conversation with Smith, representing the borough.

“When state streets are  resurfaced,” he explained, “PennDOT has to consider all facets of that, which means addressing things like ADA curbs, ramps, intersections. Through negotiations, we agreed that there were 47 curb cuts that needed to be re-addressed — curb cut ramps create access for people in wheelchairs and improve safety for moms using strollers and bike riders.”

So PennDOT did that first, about a month ago,” Smith said.

They then came through and milled (crushed the concrete) the street, taking it down two inches.

“Based on what they now see,” Smith said, “and once they get the initial asphalt off, they may have to do necessary base repairs, which is soft spots, the sub base, look for the stone coming up through the base. They‘ll excavated that, which does mean jack hammering. They’ll rebuild the sub structure and then once they are satisfied with that, they’ll do a base course and if they are satisfied with that, a final top coating.”

For more details, see Saturday’s edition of The Daily Item.

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