New Castle News

September 20, 2013

City seeks bids for storm-damaged streets

John K. Manna
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle is planning to make repairs to at least three streets damaged in a July storm.

The city is advertising for a base bid to cover three streets and an optional bid for two additional streets. Whether the two additional streets will be paved will depend on the price and the availability of funds, according to Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo.

Four of the streets are on the South Side and one is on the Lower East Side.

Streets in the base bid are:

•Long Avenue from Cunningham Avenue to Clearview Avenue

•Lyndal Street from Hamilton Street to Belmont Avenue

•Uber Street from Pollock Avenue to the top of the hill

The two optional streets are:

•Carl Street from Hamilton Street to Pennsylvania Avenue

•Brookyln Avenue from Ray Street to Mulberry Street

Bids are due Thursday and are expected to be opened by city council at its regular meeting that evening.

Mastrangelo said the city’s engineer and public works department determined the five streets to be “the most severe” of those damaged in the July 10 storm.

Lawrence County and surrounding counties have applied for federal disaster aid, but were denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Agency said the state is appealing FEMA’s decision.

Mastrangelo said he wants the streets to be paved this year and can’t wait much longer.

“We got to get these streets fixed because they’re not usable.”