Sewickley streets, lots to be closed for paving

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 10:31 AM

Sewickley streets and parking lots will close temporarily in preparation for paving work.

According to assistant borough Manager Erin Sakalik, Youngblood Paving — chosen as contractor in a bid process last month — has informed the borough that milling work on Green Street and the Green Street parking lot will begin Friday.

“Both will be closed to all traffic, beginning at 5 a.m. They will open on Saturday with no lines painted on the surface,” she told the Sewickley Herald in an email.

The Division Street parking lot will close at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday. The closure is expected to last the entire day, and the lot should reopen Sunday. Duquesne Way is also part of the paving project and will be closed to traffic for three hours on Oct. 12.

“The lots will be accessible without painted lines, and feather ramps will be installed for traffic to access the lots until they are paved,” Sakalik added.

Sewickley Parking Authority leases the two lots from the borough and will cover the cost of their paving, according to parking authority board member Del Miller. Sewickley Borough is covering the cost of paving Green Street and Duquesne Way, which was added to the paving project separately, he said.

The total bid for the lots and Green Street was $67,959, with Green Street accounting for $10,691 of the total, the Sewickley Herald reported last month. Duquesne Way will cost about $14,000 to pave, less than half of what it cost when the borough bid it out earlier this year, according to Sewickley Council President Jeff Neff.

He said the borough added Duquesne Way after the contractor’s original bid allowed for additional square yardage of paving.

The bid advertisement was completed with the help of Dan Slagle, of Nichols & Slagle Engineering. Bringing equipment on site to pave the lots and borough streets together should save money for the parking authority and borough, he told the Sewickley Herald in September.

Paving will occur next week, but Sakalik did not immediately have information from the contractor on what day it would occur.

In other news

At a regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 8, Sewickley council approved an ordinance to name a previously unnamed alleyway in the borough.

The alley runs from Chestnut Street to Pine Street, parallel to and between Charette Place and Maple Lane. It will now be known as Fred Way, according to the ordinance.

“The Council of the Borough of Sewickley has determined that it is in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Sewickley Borough and the general public to name said alley so that it can be more easily found by police, fire and other emergency vehicles and others seeking directions to locations on the alley,” the ordinance read.