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CHIPs paves way for resurfacing in city

October 2, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The city is gearing up to do an estimated $223,000 worth of paving on parts or all of a dozen streets this fall, City Engineer Chandra Cotter told the Common Council on Monday at City Hall.

Cotter said paving within the city for 2012 - financed by state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, or CHIP funds - should be starting soon. She said there will be milling and road resurfacing on 12 city streets.

"We'll ask residents to take heed of the No Parking signs," the city engineer said.

A decision was made to do a 13th planned project on Mason Street - between North Perry and North Market streets - in 2013.

Estimated costs for road reconstruction in the city this year was put at about $223,000. Cotter said 9,370 linear feet of road will be resurfaced - a total of 258,998 square feet of construction.

The following city streets are due to be resurfaced this fall: West Clinton Street - from South Market to South William streets; West Clinton Street - from South William to South Melcher streets; West First Avenue - from South Melcher to South William streets; West First Avenue - from South William to South Market streets; West First Avenue - from South Market Street to South Perry streets; East Montgomery Street - from South Perry to Glebe streets; Pearl Street - from School to West State streets; Wells Street -from Burton to State streets; Wells Street - State to John streets; Byard Street - from North Perry Street to the end; McMartin Street - from North Melcher to School streets; School Street - from West Main to McMartin streets; Whitmore Avenue - from Prospect to East Clinton streets; Abel Drive - entire street; East Decker Street - entire street; South Melcher Street - West Main to West Clinton streets.

Fact Box

Road work

The city of Johnstown will resurface parts or all of 12 city streets this fall.

Length of streets: 9,370 linear feet of road will be resurfaced.

Cost: $223,000,

financed by the state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program.

Bridge update

Elsewhere in her report to the council, Cotter said the stone arch for the new North Perry Street bridge being replaced should arrive in the city by month's end. Officials said the project - being done by D.H. Smith Inc. of Clayville, Oneida County - is due to be completed by year's end.

The $2.4 million project is being funded by the federal, state and local governments. Local officials decided to replace the 30-foot-long North Perry Street bridge after the state Department of Transportation in 2008 red-flagged what was becoming a deteriorating structure between Smith and Washington streets.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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