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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Galeton First Street Project Close to Completion

Galeton's project to upgrade Fairview Avenue and the section of First Street from Head Avenue to Fourth Street, has completed a major phase with the paving of the streets. The project, which is nearing the end of its second year, involved the following: simultaneous separation of storm water from the sewer lines, replacement of sewer and water lines, installation of new catch basins, replacement of retaining walls, relocation of water shut-off valves, replacement of sidewalks, installation of new fire hydrants, removal of unused utility poles, milling off gthe old blacktop, and reprofiling of the road to ensure proper runoff of rainwater.

Paving of the roads began on October 31, with the application of a 4-inch base of macadam. The paving was finished on November 4, with the final coat of blacktop. All paving was done by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

The project was made financially possible through the combined efforts of the Galeton Borough and the Galeton Borough Authority. Some funding was also secured from a low-volume road grant, offered through the local conservation district, which was used for the separation of storm water from the sewer system. The new sidewalks were made possible by the borough paying the labor costs and giving residents the chance to opt in or out, asking them to pay the cost of materials.

The roadway had not been repaved in several decades, and has been on the borough council's list of planned upgrades for years. Although the paving is a major step toward completion, work will continue into next year with additional sidewalks being replaced, and the removal of the old fire hydrants.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

I understand the lack of funds, but there are poles in the middle of the road!! I cant stop laughing... STOP

Anonymous said...

Thats not the middle of the road..its the berm.

Anonymous said...

Nice safe road---telephone poles in the roadway???? Get ready for lawsuits!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think it is beautiful. It's a residential street; the homeowners are well aware of the pole locations are probably more happy about have a few more inches of parking space to work with. It's no different than a parking lot with light poles in the middle of it. Use your brain and avoid it.

Anonymous said...

This is an example of using our town's very limited money wisely. Fix the sewage plant, the Wetmore water source, pipes and streets. Makes a lot more sense then the mudpit and the dumb dam. If the people don't speak up then boro council is going to bury us in debt to keep that mudhole reflecting pond that screws up Pine Creek downstream and drives up flood insurance rates for the school and a lot of other properties. Wake up people!

Anonymous said...

Good point 7:35. Let the fireworks photographers find some other puddle to take their reflection pictures. And the geese can find somewhere else to drop all of their defication. How much do we already owe for loans to keep the water and sewer systems operating? Why make people pay higher flood insurance especially the school where the student population goes down and the taxes go up up up like our water and sewage fees? Look at all the cruddy properties because let's face it money is tight in Galeton. And some of you want to keep the falling apart dam and then have to maintain it?

Anonymous said...

Looks really nice. Good job!

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic! It's a major improvement over what the road was before the project started. The residents had to endure months of dirt road this summer while the work was in progress, but in the end, I think everyone who lives on the street, and everyone who drives on it, appreciates the hard work that went into this extremely complex project.