Avalon paving project approved

Avalon Council has hired two contractors to complete a number of paving and capital improvement projects this summer.

At council's June 20 meeting, Michael Facchiano Contracting was approved for work totaling $247,489, and Shields Asphalt Paving for work totaling $69,828.90. Both were the low bidders on different parts of the specifications advertised by the borough.

Council president Josh Klicker said that it had been several years since the borough was able to launch such a capital improvement plan, as much of the borough's funds in the past were used to address emergency situations. Finance Committee chair William Pascale said that the project was made possible by the use of “Mixed funding sources,” including cooperative work with Columbia Gas, state funds and local capital improvement monies.

Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said that only certain blocks on the targeted streets would be paved at this time. Residents will be notified when work is to begin.

Scheduled for work are: Center, Josephine, Frederick at North Birmingham, North School, North Birmingham from Center to Girard, South Birmingham, Duff Alley, California Avenue at the Birmingham intersection, the swimming pool parking lot; storm water lines at Frederick and North Birmingham, a small portion of California Avenue in front of PNC Bank, Cherry Alley, First Alley, North School below Center; and paving of Spring Alley, Clive, McKinley Terrace, Division and the 100 block of Fisk.