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July 3, 2014

Road work impacts Highland Avenue businesses

NEW CASTLE — Milling and resurfacing work on Highland Avenue is causing some problems for businesses and residents.

William Eakin, owner of Superior Motorsport at 502 Highland Ave., complained about how the project is impeding his business.

Eakin said activity at his used vehicle facility and U-Haul rental has ground to a halt because of the construction.

He added he had been “getting the runaround” from local and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials when he contacted them about the problem.

Although most of the work on Highland Avenue is in the city, the road is state maintained.

Steve Stasko, owner of Stasko’s Radiator, 1701 Highland Ave., said Wednesday the previous two days had been bad for customers and suppliers trying to get to his business.

He said one delivery driver had to go four blocks out of his way to find an alternate route to the business.

However, he added, a little inconvenience is worth it to see improvements on Highland Avenue.

He noted the road has been deteriorating since shortly after the last resurfacing a few years ago.

Bill Presnar, owner of Joseph’s Market at 2716 Mercer Road, said he has heard some customers complain about the inconvenience but said it’s hard to determine if customers are avoiding the area because it is the middle of a holiday week.

Sharon Brunswick, owner of Guys and Dolls Beauty Shoppe, 414 Highland Ave., said she has heard some complaints from customers but has seen no major problems.

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said he received just one complaint from a business concerning the road work.

“He was a little upset,” Mastrangelo said. “I suggested he contact the contractor.”

PennDOT’s initial plan was to work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. But the mayor said city police received complaints from residents about the noise being made at night when the project began.

As a result, Mastrangelo said, he sent a letter to the prime contractor — Lindy Paving — requesting the work be done during the day.

“They’ve been accommodating,” he said.

PennDOT said single lane alternating traffic will take place through Sept. 24 for the $2.09 million project, which began June 10.

It includes milling and resurfacing, base repairs, concrete pavement patching, drainage improvements, pavement markings and other work on Mill Street and Highland Avenue between East North Street and Maitland Lane.

At least one accident has resulted from the construction.

According to Neshannock Township police, a New Castle man suffered a minor hand injury and his vehicle was severely damaged Monday when he accidentally turned onto the closed southbound lane and into a large hole that had been cut in the road.

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