Beaver Drive sidewalk project

New sidewalks — where sidewalks currently don’t exist — will be installed on Beaver Drive, starting early next month. Shown in front of the Greater DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce, where the project will start, front to back, are DuBois Redevelopment Director Joe Mitchell, city Manager John “Herm” Suplizio and city engineer Chris Nasuti.

A major sidewalk project is expected to begin in less than a month in the City of DuBois, according to Manager John “Herm” Suplizio.

“We’re pleased to announce that the city has secured a $600,000 grant to put sidewalks in on Beaver Drive from Division Street to Shaffer Road,” said Suplizio.

The project, which is expected to start around May 13, will start on the left side of Beaver Drive by the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce and continue in the direction of the DuBois Mall to McCracken Run Creek. At that point, it will start across the road and continue down the right side of the road until it reaches Shaffer Road.

Suplizio said the project will also include three bus pull-offs.

“We’re very excited about this project. A lot of people walk on Beaver Drive and discover there’s nowhere to walk. We think this is a great enhancement,” said Suplizio. “Hopefully, traffic delays will be minimal. No roads will be closed during the project.”

Francis J. Palo Inc., based in Clarion, was awarded the bid for the project.

Suplizio credited City of DuBois staff, particularly Director of Redevelopment Joe Mitchell and Engineer Chris Nasuti, for obtaining the state grant through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. He also expressed appreciation to the state Department of Transportation and North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.

“Once again, my hat goes off to (state) Sen. Joseph Scarnati who, yet again, knows the value of this community and goes to bat for us anytime we need his help,” said Suplizio. “He’s always there for us and he’s never let us down. We have to thank him and appreciate all the work he’s done for us. Without him, this grant is not possible.”

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