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April 4, 2014

Residents seek help with Liberty Street underpass

NEW CASTLE — Some Mahoningtown residents are seeking the city’s help to make an underpass on South Liberty Street a little brighter.

Larry Macri told city council last week, “We have a issue with the lighting. We cannot see under that underpass. It’s a safety issue.”

“Nobody seems to take responsibility,” for the underpass, he said.

He asked whether the city, CSX Railroad or the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is responsible. Macri noted that South Liberty Street is a state highway.

“All we’re asking for is if the city can get us some lighting.”

Macri said there was pedestrian lighting at the underpass previously.

He also pointed out that the walls of the underpass are corroding and the sidewalks are broken. He said he has seen people sleeping beneath the underpass.

Anna Lepore Conte said the residents will find out who is responsible.

“We will be relentless in going after them,” she said.

“We want the city and (county) commissioners to help us fight this fight.”

If the city can find money for the lights, then PennDOT and CSX “will be held responsible for the rest of it (the underpass.)”

Council president William Panella said that if the city is allowed to do anything at the site about the lights and the cost is reasonable “council will find the money to do it.”

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said he would investigate to determine who has the responsibility for the underpass.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

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