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 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 and reprofiling of the road to ensure proper runoff of rainwater.
Paving of the roads began on Oct. 31 with the application of a four inch base of macadam. The paving was finished on Nov. 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.