2014-04-19 / Front Page

Route 6 resurfacing detailed

Coudersport project to begin next April

PennDOT continues to reach out to Coudersport business owners who will be affected by the Rt. 6 resurfacing project, which covers an area extending west from the PFC Mike Franklin Bridge on East Second Street to the Coudersport Arboretum on Chestnut Street.

Nine business representatives attended a meeting with PennDOT representatives last week to discuss steps that can be taken to avoid disruption in customer and delivery traffic.

PennDOT District 2 project manager David Kipp and engineering consultant George Spadaro expressed a willingness to work with borough officials and individual businesses. They also pointed out that there will be several opportunities for public input before work commences sometime around April 2015.

Kip said the project includes a complete reconstruction and drainage improvements in the project zone, as well as resurfacing of the World War II Veterans Memorial Bridge – including new sidewalks, curbs and handrails -- over the Allegheny River on Main Street.

PennDOT also plans to replace traffic signals at the Second Street and Chestnut Street intersections with Main.

It’s doubtful all of the work can be done during the 2015 construction season, the men said, so contractors will probably return after the 2015- 16 winter to finish it.

Work will start on Main and Chestnut streets. One travel and one parking lane will stay open. The eastern travel lane will be addressed first, with traffic routed one-way down Eulalia and West streets. The same detour will be used in the opposite direction when the western travel lane is closed.

Later, contractors will work on Second Street, with one lane remaining open and traffic from the other lane being detoured on Maple and Mill streets.

Later, PennDOT will complete drainage infrastructure and install signs and traffic signals. Some curbing will also be replaced. Final resurfacing of the cartway will follow.

Meanwhile, a Coudersport Downtown Committee has been meeting in an attempt to use the PennDOT project as a springboard for a more comprehensive downtown renewal initiative. Four of the firms that responded to a request for proposals to serve as consultant to the group will present their plans during a meeting at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, April 29.

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